Sunday, November 19, 2006

My cat's all for it

Feral dogs are the most dangerous animals that you and I will likely come across in our lives. There's a big difference between a domestic dog and a wild dog in a pack. I've seen them in the Caribbean and in the north, and they are damned scary. Some humane societies have set up programs in southern Canada to socialize pups from feral litters, but adult dogs are not safe around kids and other dogs. Withreliable food supplies from garbage and from killing cats and small wild animals, dog packs in northern communities, especially Native reserves where no vet services for spaying and seutering are available, feral dogs are now a big problem. Traditionally, the population was kept down by eating dogs, but the practice is rare now. Unfortunately, despite my own love of dogs, I think culls are in order:

EDMONTON (CP) — An annual "dog shoot" would help keep dog packs on native reserves from killing any more helpless children, an animal welfare worker in Manitoba said Saturday.
Vicki Burns of the Winnipeg Humane Society was commenting about the death earlier this week of a five-year-old who was killed by a pack of stray dogs at the North Tallcree reserve near Fort Vermilion, Alta.
Dog attacks have also been a serious issue in Manitoba, where two young children on reserves were killed in separate incidents last summer.
Some communities there have "dog shoot days," in which stray dogs are culled.
"The solution is to cull the dog population, and provide spay and neuter services to native communities at the same time," said Burns.
A two-year-old boy was mauled at the Hollow Water First Nation in July, and a three-year-old boy met the same fate on the Sayisi First Nation in June.

1 comment:

Sean said...

This is nothing new. Back in 1996 I was a tech for a small company that sold distance education software and hardware. We were at one of the outlying AVC Lesser Slave Lake campuses in Alberta when I learned firsthand about feral dogs...

The college had an employee with a semi-automatic rifle whose job it was to escort groups from one building to the next. He fired some warning shots at a group of dogs that were threatening us on one trip while I was running a two-wheeler loaded with videoconferencing equipment from our van to the building. Scary shit.

I actually got to taste dog in a small native run restaurant just north of The Pas in Manitoba. It was quite good. I'm all for culling the suckers into sandwiches.