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North Saanich couple faces new charges after breaching ban on owning animals

June 22, 2010

Sam Joe and Thelma David of North Saanich are facing new charges under the Criminal Code of Canada after breaching the conditions of a previous sentence on animal cruelty. In 2008, the couple was banned from having custody of animals after pleading guilty to severely neglecting 12 pit bulls in their care. In 2007, the …

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Crown’s decision in Mountain View case disappoints

June 15, 2010

BC SPCA officials are expressing disappointment today with Crown counsel’s decision not to proceed with charges of animal cruelty against Mountain View Conservation and Breeding facility in Langley. The BC SPCA launched an extensive animal cruelty investigation at the facility in November 2009 after receiving a lengthy list of concerns about animal welfare neglect. “We are …

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Animal cruelty charges laid after emaciated golden retriever and 11 puppies seized in Chilliwack

May 31, 2010

Crown counsel has laid charges of animal cruelty against Chilliwack resident Paula MacGougan after BC SPCA constables seized an emaciated golden retriever and her 11 puppies. MacGougan, whose animals were seized in January, faces charges under both the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. When BC SPCA officers arrived …

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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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