The Mikisew Cree First Nations has signed an agreement with the municipality of Wood Buffalo to help control the stray dog population in Fort Chipewyan.
The agreement comes months after the First Nation in northeast Alberta posted an ad on their website looking for somebody who would capture and destroy an estimated 40 dogs running free on the Allison Bay and Doghead reserves in the Fort Chipewyan area.
“It’s a great way we’re creating a relationship in Fort Chipewyan,” said Greg Scarborough, with bylaw services. “It’s been a commitment from the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo and council that all of our communities will have the exact kind of services available to them.”
The original posting had warned that all dogs that weren’t tied up would be captured and killed by a dogcatcher getting paid $100 per dog.
After much public outrage, they decided instead of culling the animals a kennel would be built where the dogs would be fed and given hay to sleep on.
The agreement includes paying for a peace officer in Fort Chipewyan as well as money for the community’s dog catching program.