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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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Man charged with cruelty after pit bull given painkiller toxic to dogs

May 7, 2010

James John Cairns is charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and is scheduled to make his first appearance in Victoria provincial court on June 12. “I think the lesson here is that just because something is safe for people doesn’t mean it’s safe for animals,” said Lynsay Bailey, the special provincial constable …

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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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Owners ordered to spay breeding dog with hereditary eye condition

March 24, 2010

A presa canario’s breeding days are over, after a judge ordered a Sooke couple convicted of animal cruelty to spay their dog. The order came after Dwight Fengstad and Anna McIntyre failed to seek veterinary care for their dog’s painful eye condition. “Tika was diagnosed with entropion, a hereditary medical condition in which the eyelid …

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Charges of animal cruelty pending against owner of emaciated retriever

March 8, 2010

Charges of animal cruelty are pending against the owner of an emaciated golden retriever named Trooper who was dropped off at the BC SPCA’s Maple Ridge Branch Feb. 28. “Through our ongoing cruelty investigation we identified the owner, who has surrendered legal custody of the dog to the SPCA and we will be submitting a …

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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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British Columbians agree: It’s poor taste to serve foie gras

February 18, 2010

Since our alert about foie gras last month, we’ve heard from people across B.C. who were disappointed to see foie gras on the menu of their favourite restaurant. Please help the hundreds of thousands of ducks raised in tiny cages and force-fed daily in Canada by looking out for foie gras on restaurant menus. Tell …

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