MANITOBA, Canada – A woman in Manitoba called the Save A Dog Network last Wednesday because the location of her house and her own dogs had attracted so many strays, she could no longer care for all of them. She lived near the highway, so roaming packs of strays would stop at her property and stay with the dogs she owned.
When the group arrived, they took 17 dogs from her property and before leaving decided to check a nearby dump. There, amongst the rubble, they found two more tiny puppies clinging for life.
According to a friend of the woman, Jordan Demarais, she had “a lot of young pups – she had at least 20 dogs there. They’re all friendly…they’re pretty much family dogs.”
He went on to explain that stray dogs are a common problem in rural Manitoba:
“Lots and lots of the dogs are stray. Lots of them end up getting hit along the road every couple of days,” he said. “We always see them in packs running around together, hunting. we always see them out in the bush trails.”
The woman had several of her own dogs, including one she had recently bought that, unknown to her, wasn’t spayed and promptly gave birth to 11 puppies. Once the puppies were born the woman could no longer care for all the dogs and felt overwhelmed. She decided to contact Katie Powell from Save A Dog Network, and she and some other volunteers drove out to take the dogs off her hands.
In total, they left with 17 dogs from her property. As they were leaving they saw a nearby dump and decided to make sure no one had left any dog there, as garbage dumps are an unfortunately common place for people to leave pets they don’t want.
It was lucky that they did, as once there they found two puppies tenuously clinging to life, with sores and missing most of their hair. They managed to save the puppies and now all of the dogs are in Winnipeg, under foster care and getting all the necessary medical attention to get them into good health and ready for adoption.
All of the puppies, including the ones from the dump and the ones from the woman’s property, are being moved to B.C. shelters, as local ones are already full. If you live near Winnipeg, please consider adopting, in order to make room in their shelters to save the lives of more dogs.
References: 1. CBC