(SANDY LAKE FIRST NATION, ON) – Sandy Lake First Nation has been experiencing a large number of dogs that are running around and endangering not only children and elders but people in general.
A statement released by Sandy Lake First Nation Chief and Council dated Friday, February 1, 2019 states that they have supported neutering and spaying programs in the past, but it seems the dog population has risen to “alarming levels”.
Chief and Council have enacted a “Culling of dogs” for the month of February. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “Cull” as:
1 to select from a group
2 to reduce or control the size of (something, such as herd) by removal (as by hunting) of especially weaker animalsAdvertisement
also: to hunt or kill (animals) as a means of population control.
UPDATE #1: Numerous dog rescues from northern and southern Ontario have said they are ready and willing to come and solve the dog population in Sandy Lake First Nation. More details to come soon. If you are a dog rescue and would like to reach out to us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond.
UPDATE #2: A person close to multiple dog rescues has reached out to TRCCTB.COM and informed us that dog rescues have offered help to Sandy Lake First Nation, free of charge, to help them with the dog population, every last dog. They offered free clinics, chartered aircraft and more to remove all the dogs they don’t want, and even to bring food up there for the hungry dogs to help keep them away from the schools.
This free help has been offered for the last 3 years, according to our source, who needs to remain anonymous in fear of reprisal from the First Nation. Our source also tells us that the community members of Sandy Lake First Nation have been working hard to help get as many dogs off the reserve as possible. It was said that the majority of community members do not want the dog culling and would prefer the dogs be rescued and relocated.
Below is the unedited complete statement sign by Chief Delores Kakegamic, Deputy Chief Marcel Linklater, and council.
The Chief and Council of Sandy Lake First Nation are aware of concerns of the increased dog population threatening our school children and other members of the community.
In the past couple years, the Chief and Council has been proactive in dealing with the matter of dog population by supporting neutering and spaying programs. The dog population has increased to alarming levels, with numerous dogs running around in packs at the school grounds. In order to prevent harm and for the safety of our children/people, the Chief and Council are enacting Culling of dogs for the month of February 2019.
Please keep your dogs at home during this time. We appreciate your understanding on this matter.
Chief and Council, Sandy Lake First Nation
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