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.