Animal rights activists call for reserves to end dog culls

Yvonne Russell, founder of Paw Tipsters.

Credits: Brian Donogh/Winnipeg Sun


WINNIPEG - Animal rights activists are calling on Manitoba and First Nations leaders to end the practice of dog culls.

Sally Hull of Hull's Haven Border Collie Rescue and Yvonne Russell of Pawtipsters say a recent cull of that left a dog badly injured for days before it was ultimately put down illustrates why dog culls, which mostly occur on Northern Manitoba communities, are barbaric and must stop.

Trooper, an adult male Chesapeake Bay Retriever/cross, was rescued from a northern reserve last Wednesday, suffering a shotgun blast to the face. Hull was told the dog had been lying injured in a yard for five days before anyone helped him.

An X-ray found 17 pellets in his head. The vet did all he could to save him, Hull said, but Trooper had to be put out of his misery on Saturday.

"I don't know how they chose who did this, but it comes across to us as if these people were enjoying doing what they were doing, because they were using a shotgun," Hull said Monday from her home near Gimli.

"You do not kill dogs with a shotgun."

Hull didn't want to identify the reserve where Trooper was found, but said the shooting had been going on for a couple of weeks. A dump at the reserve had a pile of dead dogs that was lit on fire, she said.

"I wouldn't say all the reserves do it, but a lot of them do it," said Hull, who has been operating her rescue for seven years.

The dog shoots are done to reduce the roaming packs that form due to a lack of spaying and neutering on various reserves, Hull said.

"These dogs are running around starving to death and they start to pack up," she said. "Then they start going after kids and you know across Canada there's been a number of kids killed by dogs.

"That (change needs to start) at the council level."

Hull will be launching a website called Trooper's Law and petitioning the government to take action.

"I'm hoping we can work with reserves to convince them to start bringing in their own laws, just like we have in our towns and our cities - bylaws that state you can only have two dogs per household, they have to be spayed and neutered, and you have to keep them confined to your property," she said.

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