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BC SPCA urges B.C. veterinarians to ban feline declawing

January 17, 2018

The BC SPCA is calling on the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) to enact a ban on feline declawing, a practice that the non-profit animal welfare society says causes unnecessary pain and suffering for cats. “For nearly two decades the BC SPCA has been on record opposing procedures such as declawing, tail docking, …

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Gentle giant on road to recovery in Maple Ridge

January 9, 2018

Warning: The following story contains graphic images Handsome, an emaciated mastiff rescued from a property in Hope in a joint effort by RCMP and the BC SPCA Dec. 20, is on the road to recovery at the Maple Ridge BC SPCA Branch. When he came into BC SPCA care, Handsome had a body condition score …

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Winning: Your support is helping the BC SPCA win against cruelty

January 2, 2018

British Columbians are passionate about supporting the BC SPCA in fighting animal cruelty and improving animal welfare – and we’ve seen what a difference that support makes, especially in the final months of 2017. In December, the City of Vancouver banned the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits, following a similar move by the …

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Animal cruelty charges laid in ‘Langley 66’ puppy mill seizure

December 20, 2017

Charges of animal cruelty have been laid against three individuals involved in one of the largest puppy mill seizures in B.C. history. Glen Lawlor, Maria Wall Lawlor, and James Dale Shively (who has legally changed his name to James Phoenix) have been charged with two counts of animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to …

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Lyle gets his Christmas wish: A home in time for the holidays

December 15, 2017

It was his personality – not his pitch – that landed him in his forever home. Lyle, a two-year-old pig who seemed to enjoy the spotlight when the story of his penchant for ‘singing’ went viral, attracted the attention of more than 40 potential adopters after being in BC SPCA care for more than a …

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BC SPCA constables seize 74 farm animals near Barriere

December 14, 2017

The BC SPCA has seized 74 farm animals from a rural property in Barriere. Special constables removed 31 sheep, 19 piglets, 12 chickens, seven pigs, four goats, and a rooster from the property on Dec. 12. “The animals were living in very substandard conditions, with lack of adequate shelter, water or food,” said Kathy Woodward, …

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Animal cruelty charges laid in case of severe flea infestation

December 11, 2017

Lantzville resident Gary Kenneth Bob, the owner of a dog who nearly died from a massive flea infestation earlier this year, has been charged with one count of animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The condition of the dog, a senior terrier named Rascal, was so dire it prompted the BC …

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Home for the holidays: Draft horse rescued from wildfires and neglect happy in new ranch home

December 1, 2017

Found in a hot spot in Williams Lake in the summer, when wildfires were still ravaging the area, this large draft horse was barely able to walk, as his hooves were so neglected and overgrown, it was painful for him to move. Now named Malachi, the handsome white horse has a new home on an …

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BC SPCA seeks owner of Tibetan mastiff struck by truck in Mission

November 1, 2017

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) is seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of a dog struck by a truck in Mission last week. “The stray dog was hit by the front bumper of a truck on Dewdney Trunk Road in Mission, near the regional garbage …

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Puppies from Chilliwack breeder growing, thriving in care

November 1, 2017

The two Chihuahua puppies wobble unsteadily on little legs, giving little whimpers and yelps on occasion, slowly making their way around the house where they live with their Mom, Pekoe, and foster fur-Mom Jessica Richardson. Taken into BC SPCA care when they were only one day old, the female puppies, temporarily named Chai and Mocha, …

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