WINNIPEG – A spokeswoman for Indigenous Services Canada says the department is supporting the Canadian Red Cross in its efforts to help hundreds of dogs in two Manitoba First Nations.
The dogs were left behind when the communities were evacuated last month due to fire.
Norway House Animal Rescue director Debra Vandekerkhove has estimated about 700 dogs — 200 in Pauingassi and 500 in Little Grand Rapids — were stranded after a wildfire forced about 14-hundred people to flee.
The Red Cross contacted the rescue group last week because the animals were running out of food.
Vandekerkhove says arrangements have been made for more than six-thousand kilograms of food to be flown in.
The Red Cross says it’s working with Norway House Animal Rescue and the R-C-M-P to distribute the food.