05/24/2013 03:44 EDT | Updated 07/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Stray Dog Birth Control: Labrador Innu Communities To Get Help From Alberta Vet

SHESHATSHIU, N.L. - An Alberta-based veterinarian is to travel to two Innu communities in Labrador next month to administer birth control hormone implants to stray female dogs in the community.

Both Sheshatshiu and Natuashish have had a stray dog problem for years.

The issue gained attention earlier this year when a child was bitten in Natuashish, prompting the band council to order the destruction of any stray dogs not claimed and tethered by their owners.

There wasn an ensuing outcry from animal lovers, so the band council vowed to find alternate methods to deal with the problem.

Dr. Judith Samson-French has been providing a birth control program for dogs in remote Alberta communities for the last five years.

The veterinarian's efforts are being supported by the Sheshatshiu Band Council, local animal welfare groups and the provincial government.

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