On April 8, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Cross Lake RCMP received a report of a dog who had given birth to nine puppies on the deck of a residence in Cross Lake, Manitoba. Constable Stacey Shearer attended the residence and determined the dog, Goldie, and her puppies were strays.
“Everyone helps out as much as they can in the community,” said Cst. Shearer, “and I just try to do my part, so when I discovered Goldie didn’t have a home, I took her and her pups in. They were only a few days old. They still had their umbilical cords attached.”
Cst. Shearer is caring for the dogs while also arranging their flight to Winnipeg with the assistance of the Manitoba Animal Alliance. This is not the first time she has done this … by a long shot. Cst. Shearer has been involved with fostering and rescuing hundreds of dogs, and has bottle-fed a lot of pups. She has two of her own at home as well.
“We work closely with the community and rescue organizations when there are dogs that need assistance,” said Cst. Shearer. “We are all dog lovers and are happy to help out when we can,” she explained of herself and her fellow Cross Lake RCMP officers. “I personally have had dogs, and tried to help as many as I can, my whole life.”
“Working in a close-knit community like Cross Lake means that we get involved in many ways that may not be considered traditional policing roles – like helping rescue dogs,” said S/Sgt Greg Sutherland, Cross Lake RCMP Detachment Commander. “I am really grateful for Cst. Shearer’s dedication to helping in any way she can.”