Origninally Posted on July 9, 2010
The community of Mount Currie has recently released plans to control what has become an escalating dog problem on Reserve. Dogs, which have been neglected and allowed to breed freely, roam throughout the community, particularly Xit’olacw, and have become not only a nuisance but also a threat. In an effort to deal with this problem Lucinda Phillips, the Director of the Land & Resources Deptartment, has established a partnership with Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), the Tribal Police and the SPCA.
Many of WAG’s dogs come from Mount Currie and are sent to Whistler when they are puppies. Unfortunately, a lot of the dogs that go to WAG carry disease which is easily transmitted to children. Some of the diseases that dogs within our community carry include Campylobacter (most common), Giardia, Tapeworms, Fleas, Rabies and Scabies. Information sheets on each diesease can be found at the end of this page. Most of the diseases that dogs carry are spread through dog poop which is why it is so important for owners to pick up after your pets.
As of today, the Lil’wat Nation will be proceeding with the following plan:
1. Owners are being asked to Release their Pets VOLUNTARILY – if you are interested in giving your dog up as you are no longer able to care for it please fill out this form and call the Lands office at 894-2333 so we can pick it up.
2. On July 29th and 30th we will be visiting the various parts of Mount Currie and collecting stray dogs. Any dog that is not tied up or fenced in when the dog catchers come by will be collected and taken either to Whistler or Vancouver where they will hopefully find a new home. Any dog that is free will be taken regardless of tags.
3. In cooperation with WAG, we are reintroducing the Spay and Neuter Program. The spay/neuter/wellness clinic will take place at Owl Creek Veterinary Hospital from August 1 – August 31. The surgeries will occur on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, but the appointment must be booked through WAG at 604-935-8364. The dog or cat will receive a spay/neuter, the DA2PP© for dogs and the FVRCP for cats. They will also be treated with Advantage Multi which will treat them for lice, fleas, whipworm, roundworm, hookworm, heartworm, and ticks. The animals must not have any food or water after midnight the night before. The animals MUST show up for their appointment or we will lose the privilege of running this clinic in the future.
This plan will not be a one time initiative. We will be continuing to offer these sorts of services over the next six months. What we really need is community support in this initiative. We need the community to help out by voluntarily giving up the pets that they cannot care for so that we don’t have to just take them. As everyone in our community knows, the dogs are a major problem and are a serious concern for many community members. They are creating a community that is unsafe, unclean and scary for people.
Most of us in this community don’t take care of our dogs the way we should. Dogs should be treated as a part of the family – they need love, caring and training. We all need to think twice before we decide to own a dog so that the situation we are currently in won’t happen again.
If you have any questions about the dog program please call Lucinda Phillips at 894-2333.