More than 100 stray dogs wander around the Hobbema community. ((CBC))

An animal rescue group visited Hobbema Tuesday in a bid to help the community with the more than 100 stray dogs roaming the streets.

Many of the dogs are hungry, some are sick or injured, and people are worried about safety after more than 50 people were bitten by stray dogs last year.

"There's concern in the community, and from a health services point of view, that we need to look at the dog problem and get some management and control," said Dwayne Eagle Child, who works with the Maskwacis Health Services.

"They just wander, and so the community just basically feeds the dogs, and it leads to breeding problems."

Sundance Canine Rescue learned of the issue through media reports, said Tracy Penrod, who works with the group. She lured some of the dogs to her with dog food and checked their health. The dogs were friendly, but that's not always going to be the case, she said.


Tracy Penrod of Sundance Canine Rescue checks a stray dog's health. ((CBC))

"They get in a zone that they'll turn on you, and they don't know they're doing it," she said. "It's instinct to just bite."

Penrod kneeled at the side of the road, allowing the dogs to come to her, and carefully checked for injuries and other problems. Most have worms, she said, adding the problems will only get worse.

"Dogs are not getting fixed because it is a very expensive procedure and they just keep breeding," she said.

"We're definitely willing to help to stop the population [growth], if they will keep the dog and they know that it's a good home, we will definitely spay or neuter it and give it back."

On Tuesday, Penrod left with a few puppies and said her organization would be back next week with kennels to take dogs that have never known a collar or a leash into foster care.