Growing dog populations an issue in some remote communities, shelters under pressure –

Feb 3, 2023

Phoebe Sutherland rushed last week to capture a stray dog that nipped an elder in her community of Moose Cree First Nation.

It was the latest instance of issues springing from a growing population of dogs on the island at the southern tip of James Bay after veterinary services that used to spay and neuter canines paused visits during the pandemic.

While those visits have gradually resumed, there are many dogs, such as huskies, Labradors, German shepherds and wolf-dog hybrids, to get to, Sutherland said.

“We had an elder startled, scared, barked at and nipped. She was pretty shaken up,” said Sutherland, an animal control officer in the community. “I captured him, but there’s still a lot of dogs that are loose.”

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