The dog catcher has a heart, at least in Alexis Creek, B.C.
Posted to the community last year, RCMP Constable Krista Mangan recently rounded up a litter of puppies in the community – where stray dogs have been a recurring problem – and as of Thursday, had found homes for six of the seven dogs in the litter. Police expected the last pup to be placed as well.
Alexis Creek, 112 kilometres west of Williams Lake in the interior of B.C., has a population of about 130 people and about 1,500 more live in four nearby First Nations reserves.
Const. Mangan, an 11-year member of the RCMP, is the police liaison on the Alexis Creek Safety Committee, for which stray dogs are a hot topic.
There have been several instances in recent years of children being attacked and injured by stray dogs on Canadian reserves.
Police and the local SPCA are engaged in programs to encourage people to spay and neuter their domestic cats and dogs.