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BC SPCA hopes public can help identify duffel bag, dog found in water

December 12, 2014

WARNING: Graphic content below The BC SPCA is looking for information on how a deceased dog in a duffel bag came to be in the water near Ogden point in Victoria today. Victoria Animal Control attended the call and found a deceased, short-haired white dog in the bag, floating in the water. Before starting a …

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Disturbing fur farm footage heightens public awareness of industry

October 30, 2014

Horrifying footage from several Canadian fur farms – including mink farms in British Columbia – was released today by the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (APFA). Experts who have seen the footage describe it as disturbing, noting the often-filthy living conditions, the tiny cages the animals live in, and stereotypic behaviours such as …

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Tortoise found in Burnaby shows why owning exotic pets is not a good idea

September 5, 2014

Slow and steady may win the race when it’s a tale of tortoise vs. hare, but when it comes to owning exotic pets who aren’t native to B.C., there are no winners. Eddie, an African spurred tortoise recently found near Simon Fraser University, came into the care of the Burnaby SPCA when a Good Samaritan …

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The BC SPCA’s Hide, Perch & Go™ box wins international award

January 7, 2014

The BC SPCA has won a prestigious animal welfare award for its Hide, Perch & Go™ box from International Cat Care (formerly the Feline Advisory Bureau) of the UK. The award is for innovation of a cat welfare product from the non-profit sector, the first such award given. “The BC SPCA’s Hide, Perch & Go …

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Burnaby stray kitty reunited with California guardians thanks to microchip

November 19, 2013

The cat came back. But it wasn’t the very next day. It took several weeks but thanks to microchip pet identification technology, Darcey, a black and white cat hailing from Brookdale, California (a little south of San Jose), has been happily reunited with her guardians, several weeks after she went missing in Burnaby. Glenn and …

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Online Buy, Sell & Trade site takes stand against unscrupulous pet breeders

August 7, 2013

The fight against puppy mills and other unscrupulous animal breeders has taken a giant leap forward with a decision by the owners of Buy, Sell & Trade to remove the posting of private pet ads. “One of the most direct ways that puppy mill operators stay in business is through newspaper and online ads, and …

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BC SPCA supports a review of dangerous dog legislation to close gaps

July 30, 2013

The BC SPCA has reached out to the B.C. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to support a review of Section 49 of the Community Charter, entitled special powers in relation to dangerous dogs. The BC SPCA feels it is important to provide a voice to dogs around the province who have been confined …

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Vancouver SPCA introduces cat portals, increases welfare for shelter cats

November 8, 2012

Vancouver SPCA introduces cat portals, increases welfare for shelter cats During late October, the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch underwent an exciting renovation to its cat housing facilities which included the installation of new “cat portals.” By installing PVC portals between adjacent cages, the Vancouver SPCA has now converted all single stainless steel cages into double …

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Victoria resident charged with animal cruelty after flea-infested cat dies

July 24, 2012

A Victoria woman whose cat died after suffering from heavy flea infestation has been charged with animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Maureen Silva makes her first court appearance on Aug. 29. A veterinarian was called to attend Ms. Silva’s three-year-old Persian cat Princess earlier this …

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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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