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News Category: Animal cruelty

Duncan man sentenced to jail time after beating puppy to death

February 19, 2018

Robert Carolan of Duncan has been sentenced to four months in jail and has been banned from owning animals for 10 years after being convicted in the beating death of his 16-week-old puppy. Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA, said the necropsy results for the mixed-breed puppy named Dux indicated …

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Adoption day: Handsome’s happy to go to his forever home

February 9, 2018

Warning: The following story contains graphic images His tail never stops wagging. Handsome, the emaciated mastiff rescued from a property in Hope in December, found tethered with a chain outside in freezing cold temperatures, was happy to go to his forever home Friday. Adopters Pat and son Nolan say the friendly gentle giant, who has …

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Vancouver SPCA hopes public can help emaciated boxer

February 6, 2018

Warning: the following story contains graphic images He shivers constantly, unable to keep warm because he’s so emaciated. Tank, a two-and-a-half-year-old boxer, came into BC SPCA care grossly underweight, with a body condition score (BCS) of only one out of nine. “Poor Tank weighs less than half of his ideal weight,” says BC SPCA Vancouver …

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BC SPCA urges B.C. veterinarians to ban feline declawing

January 17, 2018

The BC SPCA is calling on the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) to enact a ban on feline declawing, a practice that the non-profit animal welfare society says causes unnecessary pain and suffering for cats. “For nearly two decades the BC SPCA has been on record opposing procedures such as declawing, tail docking, …

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Winning: Your support is helping the BC SPCA win against cruelty

January 2, 2018

British Columbians are passionate about supporting the BC SPCA in fighting animal cruelty and improving animal welfare – and we’ve seen what a difference that support makes, especially in the final months of 2017. In December, the City of Vancouver banned the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits, following a similar move by the …

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Animal cruelty charges laid in ‘Langley 66’ puppy mill seizure

December 20, 2017

Charges of animal cruelty have been laid against three individuals involved in one of the largest puppy mill seizures in B.C. history. Glen Lawlor, Maria Wall Lawlor, and James Dale Shively (who has legally changed his name to James Phoenix) have been charged with two counts of animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to …

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Lyle gets his Christmas wish: A home in time for the holidays

December 15, 2017

It was his personality – not his pitch – that landed him in his forever home. Lyle, a two-year-old pig who seemed to enjoy the spotlight when the story of his penchant for ‘singing’ went viral, attracted the attention of more than 40 potential adopters after being in BC SPCA care for more than a …

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BC SPCA constables seize 74 farm animals near Barriere

December 14, 2017

The BC SPCA has seized 74 farm animals from a rural property in Barriere. Special constables removed 31 sheep, 19 piglets, 12 chickens, seven pigs, four goats, and a rooster from the property on Dec. 12. “The animals were living in very substandard conditions, with lack of adequate shelter, water or food,” said Kathy Woodward, …

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Animal cruelty charges laid in case of severe flea infestation

December 11, 2017

Lantzville resident Gary Kenneth Bob, the owner of a dog who nearly died from a massive flea infestation earlier this year, has been charged with one count of animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The condition of the dog, a senior terrier named Rascal, was so dire it prompted the BC …

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Home for the holidays: Draft horse rescued from wildfires and neglect happy in new ranch home

December 1, 2017

Found in a hot spot in Williams Lake in the summer, when wildfires were still ravaging the area, this large draft horse was barely able to walk, as his hooves were so neglected and overgrown, it was painful for him to move. Now named Malachi, the handsome white horse has a new home on an …

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