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BC SPCA seeks help in solving case involving cat left to die in dumpster

beautiful cat found in dumpster
April 25, 2018

The BC SPCA is seeking the public’s help in identifying the individual who left a cat to die, buried in garbage, in southeast Pouce Coupe on April 23. The one-year-old female muted tortoiseshell cat named Rosie was found stuffed inside a box at the bottom of a dumpster with her legs forced behind her neck …

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Behind the scenes of the Victoria Havanese dog rescue

April 18, 2018

The 45 Victoria Havanese dogs were living in tragic conditions and we are so thankful that someone took a moment to call the BC SPCA Cruelty Hotline to report their concerns. This led to an animal protection officer investigating the property and negotiating to have the dogs quickly surrendered into shelter care. The hotline, the …

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BC SPCA rescues 45 Havanese dogs on Vancouver Island

April 16, 2018

The BC SPCA is caring for 45 neglected Havanese and Havanese-cross dogs surrendered by a former breeder outside of Victoria on April 12. The dogs’ coats were extremely matted with feces and urine and they were living in unacceptable conditions inside the home due to high levels of ammonia. “The individual was cooperative and voluntarily …

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Owner of Revelstoke Petting Zoo charged with animal cruelty

April 6, 2018

James Richard Bruvall, the owner of the Revelstoke Petting Zoo, has been charged with a total of 24 counts of animal cruelty under a combination of the Criminal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act following a BC SPCA investigation. SPCA special constables removed 15 animals, including one deceased pig, from the property …

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Dog found with embedded collar needs your help to heal

March 19, 2018

Rusty, a three-year-old shar-pei/Labrador cross found with a chain collar deeply embedded in his neck, needs your help to recover. Rusty was brought to the BC SPCA’s East Kootenay Branch in Cranbrook on March 10, where he was rushed for surgery to remove the embedded chain, but his recovery will likely take another two months. …

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Duncan couple charged in disturbing case of animal cruelty

March 7, 2018

Anderson Joe and Melissa Tooshley of Duncan have been charged with animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada after BC SPCA special constables seized an emaciated, chained dog in critical distress on Feb. 16. “This is one of the most profoundly shocking and disturbing cases of abuse we have ever witnessed,” said Marcie Moriarty, …

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BC SPCA seizes 46 neglected dogs and puppies near Williams Lake

BC SPCA News Story: Williams Lake Dog from Seizure Case
February 26, 2018

The BC SPCA has seized 46 neglected dogs and puppies from a rural property north of Williams Lake. The dogs range in age and are American Eskimo, border collie, husky and Samoyed crosses. Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA, says the dogs are highly unsocialized and fearful. “The dogs were …

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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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