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Powell River resident pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges

November 9, 2009

Powell River resident Bud Wilcocks pled guilty on Oct. 29 to charges of animal cruelty.  The charges were laid following a BC SPCA investigation on Feb. 3 in which 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 …

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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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Meet the famous Kiss-a-bull Ginger – and Thunder too!

September 25, 2009

You’ve seen the video clip of Ginger and Thunder, and now so have hundreds of thousands of people across North America!  With what is possibly one of the funniest adopt-a-pet segment videos in recent memory, Ginger the kiss-a-bull Pit Bull and Thunder, a Border Collie/Sheppard cross, have become Internet sensations. Meet the Stars Ginger Ginger, …

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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2009 Interior Fires Update – Fires Flare as BC SPCA cares for over 1,000 Animals

August 4, 2009

The holiday weekend brought further peril for residents of B.C. communities impacted by raging wildfires. The BC SPCA and other rescue organizations are working around the clock to rescue animals from behind fire evacuation lines and to provide temporary care for the pets of displaced families. Nearly 1,000 animals have been cared for by the …

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