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31 Dogs rescued from Clearwater property

February 20, 2024

The BC SPCA has taken 31 dogs into care from a property in Clearwater, B.C. The dogs include dachshunds, poodles, Mini Schnauzers and various poodle-mix breeds, all of varying ages. The dogs were surrendered by their owner after an animal cruelty investigation was conducted by the BC SPCA. “The dogs were owned by an irresponsible …

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BC SPCA applauds decision to implement ban on cat declawing

Cat high fiving woman
December 8, 2023

Update: In November 2023, veterinarians across the province voted overwhelmingly in favour of including the ban on feline declawing in the bylaws that govern their work. Previously, declawing had only been banned as a standard of practice. Being written into the bylaws ensures a stronger and more lasting change. The ban on feline declawing joins …

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Update: 30 Dachshunds rescued from terrible conditions

November 20, 2023

In late September, 30 Dachshunds were rescued from breeders in the Okanagan where the dogs were being kept in terrible conditions. Three of the dachshunds were pregnant at the time they came into the BC SPCA’s care. Staff and volunteers welcomed a total of 11 pups into the world from these three loving moms! The …

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New complaint of alleged animal cruelty on Excelsior hog farm received by BC SPCA

November 16, 2023

On November 16, the BC SPCA received a letter by email from Animal Justice stating the organization had received anonymous video footage back in August which was allegedly filmed on the Excelsior Hog Farm in Abbotsford between April and June 2023. In the letter to the BC SPCA, Animal Justice summarizes parts of the raw …

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Found living in filth – where are the rescued Yorkies now?

November 3, 2023

Remember the story of the 16 Yorkshire terriers and a Pomeranian seized by BC SPCA animal protection officers after they were found in appalling living conditions? Their lives have changed so much in such a brief time. A North Okanagan-area breeder was housing the dogs in a room with an overwhelming ammonia smell and dirty, …

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BC SPCA seizes nine dogs and two cats from individual with history of animal cruelty

October 4, 2023

In mid-September, the BC SPCA received a report from the RCMP regarding an individual in possession of animals possibly in distress who was squatting on Crown land in the Kootenays. This individual, who had several animals with them, was believed to have been charged with animal cruelty numerous times in the past.  An investigation was …

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30 Dachshunds seized from terrible living conditions in the Okanagan

September 21, 2023

The BC SPCA seized 30 Dachshund dogs from an Okanagan breeder, ranging in age from four months to five years of age. The dogs were found to have dental disease, overgrown nails, exposure to high ammonia levels and were living in unsanitary conditions. They were kept in small crates; the little bedding present was soiled …

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Update: Buttercup, the rescued Labrador retriever, becomes a local celebrity!

June 2, 2023

Buttercup, a yellow Lab mix, was found running loose in Comox with suspicious injuries. She was brought to the BC SPCA and was immediately taken to a veterinarian. They determined that her leg had been broken in two places, had healed incorrectly and would need to be amputated. Even though someone had cruelly taped Buttercup’s …

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Update on 15 starving dogs rescued from Clearwater breeder

April 1, 2023

It was a devastating story. These were some of the most emaciated dogs that the animal protection officers who rescued them and the veterinarians who treated them had ever seen. In January, BC SPCA animal protection officers seized 13 starving dogs from an individual in Clearwater who was breeding and selling presa canario dogs for …

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