A stray dog wandering along a busy highway is dangerous.
Even if the dog isn’t struck by a vehicle, it can distract drivers or cause them to veer and possibly crash.
Barala Kennels owner Garth Grant said unwanted dogs are sometimes dropped off at the Husky gas station in Headingley. He has contracts with the RM of Headingley, St. Francois Xavier and Cartier to respond to calls about stray dogs.
While the calls average between five and 10 a month, the number rises as the weather warms up.
"I’ll start getting more in the springtime," Grant said.
Most of the dogs he picks up have microchips or some form of identification and are reunited with their owners.
"They (the owners) just went to work and left the gate open," he said.
He and wife Sara do occasionally offer stray dogs for adoption.
Dave Prud’Homme, owner of Prairie Bylaw Enforcement, said the RM of Macdonald retains his company to deal with stray dog complaints. While there aren’t a lot of dogs picked up, he recommends that owners ensure their pets are identifiable so they can be contacted if their animal strays from home.
Grant said residents in Headingley, St. Francois Xavier and Macdonald should call their municipal office if they see a stray dog.
Prud’Homme advises Macdonald residents to do the same, while RM of Rosser residents can call Rockwood-Woodlands bylaw enforcement and animal control officer Justin Sowa at 204-461-0549.