Sunbear Squad Watch Tip of the Week: Nov 29th

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Watch Tip: Watch and listen for signs of distress in dogs kept in packs, such as sled dogs and hunting hounds, which are frequently kept in neglectful conditions with inadequate vet care. Take action to save them. Be a Good Samaritan for animals.

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From Anna Nirva, Sunbear Squad:

Do you have neighbors like this— 100 sled dogs, 30 of them pregnant, and winter is almost here

If you care for a few dogs and cats in your home, you might be horrified to think about caring for 100 to participate in a sport. Provide shelter, food, water, vet care, exercise, socialization and training for 100 dogs? Not to mention investment in the sport events, travel, competition costs. Then, one of the males got loose, wasn’t caught, and impregnated 30 females. And if each has 5 puppies? Do the math.

On Nov. 17, 2009, United Animal Nations, Humane Society International, and SPCA Laurentides Labelle rescued these dogs from a neglectful owner in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada.  Luckily they were rescued before the births would start in the dead of winter. At this link, scroll down to click on “Animal Rescue” in the “Channel” list to find a video link to Canada Sled Dog Rescue.

Do you know of a large number of dogs kept nearby? Make a point of driving by on a regular basis. Look for evidence of fresh food and water. Is shelter adequate? Are some of the dogs too thin? Do any of them act sick? Do you see birds circling above? Do you smell anything? Be diligent. Keep a camera and notebook handy to gather evidence if needed. I hope you won’t find any problems. Most sporting enthusiasts take good care of their packs. Some are deeply devoted to their well-being.