Six of seven puppies in need of a new abode are now homeward bound thanks to an RCMP officer.
When Const. Krista Mangan of the Alexis Creek RCMP Detachment learned the “furry seven” were in need of a safe home, she used social networking and determination to find homes for six of them within a matter of days, Const. Lesley Smith District Advisory NCO North District Media Relations noted in a press release Thursday.
Alexis Creek has a population of approximately 130 residents and four First Nations reserves nearby which include, Alexis Creek First Nations (Redstone), Yunesit’in First Nations (Stone), Xeni Gwet’in First Nations (Nemiah) and Tl’etinqox-t’in First Nations (Anaham) Reserves consisting of approximately 1,500 residents.
For a small, remote town, police officers at the detachment encounter some unique challenges, including an overpopulation of dogs. Though many dogs have good homes there is still a large population of strays that run freely about the area and can pose as a nuisance, Smith said.
Mangan has been a member of the RCMP for 11 years and was recently posted to the Alexis Creek Detachment in August 2012. She recently became aware of a litter of puppies in the community who were in need of a good home.
One pup has yet to be claimed, although Const. Mangan is positive that it too will find a good home soon.
“As part of working with Alexis Creek First Nations as their RCMP liaison, I sit on the safety committee board. That committee is an integral part of identifying and solving many safety issues that arise. Stray dogs are one of the hot topics, and several solutions are being proposed at this time. I have a soft spot for animals, and knew that I would be able to find homes for them easily,” Mangan said.