Nfld. & Labrador

SPCA calls for dog cull in Sheshatshiu

SPCA officials in Happy Valley-Goose Bay are calling for a dog cull in Sheshatshiu after a November Parvo and Hepatitis outbreak closed the local shelter for six weeks.

SPCA officials in Happy Valley-Goose Bay are calling for a dog cull in Sheshatshiu after a November Parvo and Hepatitis outbreak closed the local shelter for six weeks.

Five dogs were put down at the Happy Valley-Goose Bay shelter just before Christmas. It was the third time all of the dogs at the shelter have had to be killed since it opened five years ago.

The SPCA's Monica Surina said the outbreak can be linked directly to problems with unvaccinated dogs in neighbouring Sheshatshiu.

"A very large number of the animals that are down there are sick," said Surina.

"Out of one home, there were ten dogs [and] seven of them were confirmed cases of Hepatitis and Parvo.

"So the dogs that are coming up from Sheshatshiu, we're requesting that people basically take them to the vet and have them put down. Of the ones that have been put down, there have been further confirmations of Parvo and Hepatitis"

However, Surina said a dog cull will only be a short term solution.

She said educating pet owners on the need for vaccinating, spaying and neutering dogs is what is really needed.

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