Birth control implants will curb dog populations in Labrador Innu communities

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Veterinarians are using birth control implants to help curb the dog populations in Labrador’s two Innu communities.

Judith Samson-French, an Alberta-based vet with the group Dogs With No Names, is volunteering this week in Sheshatshiu (SHESH’-ah-shee).

She says more than 60 female dogs have received a contraceptive implant the size of a grain of rice below the skin between their shoulder blades.

The implants will prevent the dogs from having puppies for the next 18 months.

The females and more than 100 male dogs were also microchipped for identification and vaccinated for rabies.

Another veterinary team based in St. John’s will head to the more remote Innu community of Natuashish (NAT-wah-sheesh) on Sunday for a week.

Packs of stray dogs are a public safety concern in the community, and there’s no permanent access to spay or neuter services.

Chief Veterinary Officer Hugh Whitney says the province expects to spend about $30,000 for airfare, supplies and other costs.

Geographic location: Labrador, Sheshatshiu

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Recent comments

  • Sheila
    June 10, 2013 - 08:07

    Now if we could only force those moms on welfare that pop out endless kids we taxpayers would be better off. I have always felt that those on welfare should not receive extra monies on their cheque or child tax credit for children conceived after they started receiving assistance. That in itself would encourage birth control use among those that prefer to live off the public purse then work.

  • California Pete from NFLD
    June 09, 2013 - 12:58

    In my book it's caled spayed and neutered . let them go for it there are way to many unwanted animals there.

  • Volunteer
    June 09, 2013 - 06:40

    Behind the scenes of every great project, there are people who never get mentioned. I would like to send kudos out to Jade Kean Wood who discovered the information and started the ball rolling. Her dream to lessen the number of dogs in Labrador has become reality. To the local people who supported this project along with the SPCA, Band Council and community residents who embraced the team with open arms, God Bless each and every one of you who were part of the solution! Saving one animal won't change the world. But, it will change the world for that one animal! .

  • Flingo
    June 08, 2013 - 18:15

    $30,000 would buy a lot of bullets. These aren't pets. They are feral.

  • Donna
    June 07, 2013 - 16:59

    I am so happy to hear that someone is stepping up to the plate to help these animals and the people. Educating them will go along way for the future and stop unnecessary suffering of these poor dogs. But it will need to be a continuous plan. Not a temporary one. Cudos to those who care!