03/11/2013 02:48 EDT | Updated 05/11/2013 05:12 EDT

Innu band council works with SPCA to adopt dogs after saying they would be shot

NATUASHISH, N.L. - An Innu band council in Labrador says it is working with the SPCA to find a solution to the community's stray dog problem after initially calling for the animals to be shot.

The band council in Natuashish (NAT'-wah-sheesh) said last week it would start shooting dogs that aren't properly restrained by their owners after a child was attacked by a canine.

But the measure sparked outcry from animal lovers.

Chief Simeon Tshakapesh (SHAK'-ah-pesh) says he's working with the SPCA in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., and Prince Edward Island in hopes of having stray dogs taken from the community and put up for adoption.

He says some wild dogs will have to be killed, but the band council is looking at more humane options other than shooting the animals.