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News Category: Animal cruelty

Pomeranian pup needs public’s help to get back on his feet

May 9, 2017

BC SPCA staff are hoping the public can help a brave seven-month-old Pomeranian named Stuffy. The subject of a BC SPCA cruelty investigation, Stuffy was seized by BC SPCA constables with two broken front legs that require immediate orthopedic surgery. “Stuffy is such a sweetheart! Despite the pain he’s been in, he’s so friendly and …

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Speak up for animal protection updates to the Criminal Code

May 1, 2017

A recent petition urges the Government of Canada to make long overdue changes in protecting animals – and by signing, you can become another voice for vulnerable animals all across Canada. The e-petition reaches out to animal lovers across the country to voice their concerns over the current animal cruelty protection provisions in the Criminal …

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BC SPCA constables seize 25 animals from Mission property

April 21, 2017

BC SPCA constables seized 25 sick and neglected animals from a Mission property yesterday. The animals included nine pigs, three goats, three turkeys, two alpacas, two horses, a llama, a miniature horse, a miniature pony and a calf. Two dogs – an Akita cross and a hound cross – were also seized. The farm animals …

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Convicted animal abuser gets nine months in jail after breaching conditions

April 18, 2017

A Vernon judge has handed down a nine-month jail sentence to an Armstrong man who breached his sentencing conditions after being convicted of animal cruelty. It is the longest jail sentence related to an animal cruelty case in B.C. history. Gary Roberts, 69, was found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty on Dec. 19, …

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South Peace cat recovering after botched ‘home neuter’ attempt

April 5, 2017

Markus, a two-and-a-half-year-old tabby cat, arrived in the care of the South Peace BC SPCA Branch under truly unfortunate circumstances. In an effort to ‘home neuter’, someone tied up Markus’ scrotum and the tip of his penis with an elastic band, leaving him in excruciating pain. “A Good Samaritan had seen Markus out on a …

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Powell River resident charged with animal cruelty

April 3, 2017

A Powell River resident is facing charges of animal cruelty following a BC SPCA investigation. Carol Battaglio will make her first court appearance on April 4 to face charges under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act after SPCA constables removed nine alpacas, one llama and five chickens from her property. “We were particularly concerned …

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Crusaders against cruelty: BC SPCA constables fight to protect animals daily

Cruelty Investigation Officers
April 1, 2017

It is a job that can never be described as easy. But that’s not to say it doesn’t have its rewards. It takes a unique set of skills to be an animal cruelty investigator for the BC SPCA, to work on the frontlines to investigate and fight animal cruelty on a daily basis – yet …

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From seizure to success: Langley 66 adoptee now helping others as a therapy dog

March 20, 2017

At first, she didn’t know how to play. She was emaciated, anemic, nervous and scared. But that didn’t deter local lawyer Chris Ness from adopting Emily, formerly Chilli, a Bernese Mountain dog seized with 65 other animals from a puppy mill in Langley last February, dubbed the Langley 66. Now a therapy dog with St. …

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BC SPCA seizes 27 animals from property south of Burns Lake

March 15, 2017

BC SPCA constables have seized 13 adult dogs, seven puppies and seven horses from a property in Cheslatta, south of Burns Lake. The seized dogs, primarily Australian shepherds and mixed breeds, included six puppies under two days old and one three-week-old puppy. “The owner does not live on the property and the dogs were left …

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Brave Beau, shot in the leg, hopes for ‘fur’ever home after surgery

March 15, 2017

A lovable pup has found himself in need at the Burnaby SPCA after a rough start in life. Beau, a two-year-old border collie-kelpie mix was surrendered after an investigation in the Cariboo District, where he was found with three buckshot pellets in his leg. “Beau was found limping and it was determined that he had …

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