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Chained/Tethered Dogs Advocacy Campaign Goes Provincial

October 23, 2009

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) has launched a provincewide education campaign to raise awareness about the plight of chained, backyard dogs.”Every year SPCA animal protection officers respond to hundreds of calls about dogs who are chained or tethered in backyards,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community …

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Herman the Cat is Recovering after Trauma

September 22, 2009

Herman, a gentle, geriatric cat is recovering in SPCA care after being assaulted in the Downtown Eastside.  Vancouver police officers were called to the scene near Carrall and Hastings streets on Sept. 18 after witnesses reported the cat’s owner, 63-year-old Harold Aubrey Borgal, strangling the white, short-haired cat.  By the time officers arrived, Borgal had …

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Charges laid against owner of starving dogs

September 18, 2009

Crown counsel has charged Peter Joseph Seymour with four counts of animal cruelty following an SPCA investigation involving three badly-neglected dogs. Two adult dogs, one of whom was “days from death,” and a puppy were removed from a Ladysmith-area First Nations reserve in March. One of the adults, a skeletal female bullmastiff, was surrendered March …

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Cruelty Investigators Seize 74 Animals in Vernon

September 15, 2009

BC SPCA special constables seized 73 animals from a Vernon area property yesterday. The animals were removed after their owner failed to comply with SPCA orders to improve conditions for the animals, despite more than 20 follow-up visits by SPCA officers during the past year. “This was a case where the owner had been given …

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Cruelty Charges Laid Against Powell River Resident

August 17, 2009

Crown counsel has approved charges of animal cruelty against Powell River resident Bud Wilcocks following a BC SPCA investigation earlier this year. On Feb. 3, the SPCA seized six lame, lice-infested and emaciated goats and three neglected ponies from a farm on Westview Avenue. The property was also littered with animal carcasses and debris. BC …

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Think Twice Before Supporting Rodeo Events

July 22, 2009

The BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is urging members of the public to think twice before supporting rodeo events which cause unnecessary suffering to animals. The call comes as Abbotsford gets ready to host the Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo July 30 – August 3 at Abbotsford Exhibition Park. “The BC …

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26 Great Danes seized near Kamloops

July 16, 2009

BC SPCA special constables have seized 26 Great Danes and six cats from a property south of Kamloops. The 10 adult dogs and 16 puppies were in varying degrees of distress and were suffering from a range of untreated medical conditions.

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Clydesdale horses, fowl seized from Powell River property

July 15, 2009

Three ailing Clydesdale horses are under veterinary care after they were seized from a Powell River acreage by BC SPCA cruelty officers Friday. One horse, a 14-year-old gelding, was infested with external parasites and suffering from an eye tumour and infection so severe that the surrounding tissue was inflamed and pus streamed down the horse’s …

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