Calgary

Dogs abandoned at Manitoba dump rescued, brought to Calgary

Around 40 homeless dogs and puppies arrived in Calgary Wednesday after having been rescued from a northern Manitoba landfill.

Calgary animal rescue undertook operation to save the dogs

Dozens of dogs previously living at a Manitoba landfill arrived in Calgary Wednesday thanks to efforts from Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue. (Julie Debeljak)

Around 40 homeless dogs and puppies arrived in Calgary Wednesday after having been rescued from a northern Manitoba landfill.

Rory O'Neill, director of Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue, said the dogs had been living at the dump without any food or shelter.

"They were found by a lady that lives about an hour from there," O'Neill said. "[There were] quite a few dozen dogs roaming around and living in the rubble."

The rescue got involved after being contacted by concerned individuals who had become aware of the lost dogs.

Upon arriving in Calgary, the dogs were checked over by local veterinarians to determine their suitability for adoption. (Julie Debeljak)

"These dogs were strays without any food or water or homes," O'Neill said. "We have resources here [in Calgary] and people that are looking to adopt."

Upon hearing of the situation, members of the Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue coordinated to pick the animals up and transport them back to Calgary.

"An adopter of ours went out with her friend with a large trailer," O'Neill said.

The dogs arrived in Calgary at the Springbank Pet Resort Wednesday afternoon, and O'Neill said they are adapting quickly to their new situation.

Those interested in adopting one of the animals rescued from Manitoba can visit the Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue website for more information. (Julie Debeljak)

"They come right up to you because they want the food, even the shy ones," O'Neill said. "They just gobble down the food so fast, because they haven't had much food since they left their mother.

"The older dogs eat the food so fast, because they've had nothing to eat but garbage and twigs and leaves and plastic."

The dogs and puppies will go out to foster homes and be adopted out as pets after they are checked over by a veterinarian.

O'Neill said those looking to adopt one of the animals could visit the Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue website.

With files from Julie Debeljak

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