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Stray Labrador pups arrive in Halifax to be put up for adoption


Pups being to be flown to Halifax from Labrador on Saturday are pictured in handout photo (Image: THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)
Pups being to be flown to Halifax from Labrador on Saturday are pictured in handout photo (Image: THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

The Canadian Press

June 8, 2013 — About 70 stray dogs have arrived in Halifax from the remote Labrador community of Natuashish.

Roaming packs of dogs have been a growing problem in the Innu community, where there is no permanent veterinarian to spay or neuter puppies.

Earlier this year, fire officials said stray dogs would be shot after a child was bitten in the face by one of the loose animals.
   
After a public outcry, the Innu band council said it would work with the SPCA in Happy Valley-Goose Bay to send the dogs out to new homes.

The dogs were delivered today to Litters 'n Critters, a Halifax-based rescue group, and will be put up for adoption.

The hour-and-a-half flight from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Halifax was courtesy of FedEx Express Canada, which offered to pay the costs of the one-time charter in response to a request from Natuashish Chief Simeon Tshakapesh.

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