DEER LAKE — Council is looking into the problem of roaming or lost dogs and cats in Deer Lake as the cold winter drags on.
Angie Parsons, owner of Royal K9 Pet Spa, Resort and Training Centre in Deer Lake, will make a presentation to Deer Lake council about what can be done to help lost or stray animals.
With no available option to care for these animals, Parsons has suggested a facility be created in one of her buildings. She is hoping the cost of maintaining the facility would be offset by the town. Parsons stressed it would not be a for-profit endeavour, but rather a solution to a problem that is growing each year.
“This is a problem that is even worse in winter,” she said. “I’ve re-homed animals, but I think we can do much better.”
With no available facility in the town to house stray or wandering animals, Parsons said there have been animals needlessly euthanized.
She said she received a call from someone who complained about a dog on their property and has also received calls from snowmobilers who have brought in stray animals. Parsons said having a shelter in place might provide the opportunity for animals that have owners to be reunited and find suitable homes for adoptable pets.
“If they can get the dog, they have some place to bring it,” she said.
“And if they can identify the dog, maybe we can find the owners and notify them.”
Council discussed the issue during Monday night’s public meeting. Parsons will meet with council members on the issue next week.