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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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Animal cruelty charges recommended against Mountain View Conservation Centre

February 8, 2010

The BC SPCA will be recommending charges of animal cruelty against Mountain View Conservation Centre following a six-week investigation into the care of giraffes at the Fort Langley facility.   Marcie Moriarty, head of the BC SPCA’s Cruelty Investigations Department, said the SPCA is waiting for necropsy results and will submit its recommendation to Crown counsel …

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Animal cruelty officers seek help in solving bizarre case in Dawson Creek

January 26, 2010

(Warning: Graphic photo below. Discretion is advised.) BC SPCA animal cruelty investigators are seeking the public’s help in solving a disturbing case in Dawson Creek. “It’s a bizarre and very upsetting case where an individual woke up on Jan. 15 to find a large block of ice on his lawn,” explains Marcie Moriarty, general manager …

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Golden retriever puppies seized in Chilliwack cruelty investigation

January 18, 2010

An emaciated golden retriever and her 11 puppies are now safe in BC SPCA custody following a cruelty investigation earlier this week.  The nursing mother, whose ribs protrude through her thin coat, is under veterinary care, and the four-week-old puppies are also receiving care for nutritional issues. “It is such a sad case because it …

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