(MOOSE LAKE, MB) – The following has been submitted by the community for publication.
We have never been so frustrated and desperate as we are right now. We urgently need help but feel like no one is listening.
On September 27th, a community member contacted us about a concern for the dogs in Moose Lake. Dozens of dogs were sick; they weren’t eating, drooling excessively, couldn’t walk or stand, and then started having seizures before dying. We were concerned immediately and had one thought; distemper. We called the provincial vet office and reported it that day. We were told that they could not look into this as it was third party information, regardless of the photos and videos we had.
Since then multiple people have called, including those in the community who have witnessed it first hand. We have emailed videos and contacted the Provincial Vet, Minister of Agriculture, and media to no avail.
It is now 12 days since this was reported and nothing has been done to help this community. They estimate over 50 dogs and puppies have died, and now nearly every household is reporting seeing the same symptoms. Distemper is highly contagious; through direct contact and airborne. As you can see in the video below, wildlife are also displaying symptoms of distemper. This could easily spread to other communities; immediate intervention is needed.
This is absolutely tragic. So many lives have been lost and more will continue to die while community members play phone tag with Animal Care. We don’t even know what this outbreak is yet. The epidemic could be anything; distemper is only an assumption on our parts based on the evidence we have received.
We don’t know what the solution is but we do know social media can be a powerful ally. Please help us take a stand for Moose Lake. Help us by sharing this story and pray we find someone who can help save the dogs of Moose Lake.
Animal care line: Animalcare@gov.mb.ca 1-888-945-8001