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Langley veterinarian convicted in horse neglect case

March 28, 2012

Warning: graphic photos below. Langley veterinarian Mark Marohn was found guilty today of animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code of Canada and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act after the BC SPCA discovered six emaciated and badly neglected horses in his care. Marohn was charged in April of 2009. In December, 2008, BC SPCA …

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Sow confinement: When will it become a thing of the past?

February 29, 2012

Over the past half-century, restrictive gestation stall housing for pregnant sows has been the norm, but today there is growing concern for the welfare of sows in such systems. Many countries have responded by implementing bans on the use of gestation stalls in pig production. The response from consumers has been an increased demand for …

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Oliver resident convicted of animal cruelty

February 17, 2011

Oliver resident Rudolph Harfman has been convicted of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada following a BC SPCA investigation dating back to 2006. Harfman was charged with animal cruelty after BC SPCA constables seized 121 cattle, four sheep and a donkey from his property.  The animals were emaciated and were suffering from ringworm, …

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Duncan resident charged after SPCA seizes neglected horses

January 6, 2011

Crown counsel has approved charges of animal cruelty against a Duncan man after BC SPCA special constables seized 10 badly neglected horses and other farm animals from his property. The SPCA seized two horses from Orest (Louie) Pohynayko on June 29, 2010 and eight more horses, two llamas and a goat on Nov. 26 after the …

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New report on horse slaughter practices released

May 7, 2010

The BC SPCA and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies have presented federal authorities with a report of concerns regarding horse slaughter in Canada. The Report on Horse Slaughter Practices in Canada is based on a review of recent video footage depicting inhumane practices at two of Canada’s largest horse slaughter plants, one in Alberta and …

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Judge rules in favour of BC SPCA in dispute over seized animals

March 29, 2010

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled in favour of the BC SPCA in a dispute over the seizure of 28 thin and emaciated horses and 39 terrier mix dogs and puppies last year. The BC SPCA seized the animals following an animal cruelty investigation on a property near Vernon. “The animals were clearly in …

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Emaciated and abandoned horses rescued in Cedar

March 8, 2010

The BC SPCA rescued seven abandoned horses and one donkey from a property in Cedar on March 2. The animals were emaciated and suffering from a wide range of medical problems, including parasites, oozing untreated wounds, dental issues, diarrhea and severe rain scald.  “The animal owner was not providing even minimal care for these poor …

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Brentwood Bay residents accused of starving, hanging, horse

November 14, 2009

Crown counsel has charged Brentwood Bay residents David Whiffin and Clayton Cunningham with animal cruelty after a 27-year-old Appaloosa gelding named Jalupae was starved to the point of emaciation and then hung to death.  The alleged incident took place on a waterfront acreage in Brentwood Bay. “It is so difficult to fathom why anyone would …

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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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