Spay, neuter campaign targets rural stray dog numbers

A Fairbanks nonprofit has teamed up with Bethel-based Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. to send veterinarians to rural villages to spay and neuter stray dogs.

Last year, the health corporation investigated 73 bites in western Alaska. Village police kill countless stray dogs each year.

Alaska Dispatch News reports the Alaska Native Rural Veterinary Inc. covers travel and other costs for the spay and neuter campaign through donations.

Participants include Tim Hunt, a Michigan veterinarian who volunteered for the Kuskokwim River effort.

Hunt normally charges $250 per operation. Over the final week of August, he performed more than 70 free surgeries in four villages.

The effort by the rural veterinary nonprofit group has so far this year included eight villages, where different public buildings serve as makeshift veterinary clinics.