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71 dogs seized in cruelty investigation on Vancouver Island

July 11, 2011

BC SPCA constables seized 71 dogs and puppies from a breeder near Merville, B.C. on July 5. The dogs were in distress as defined by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

“Many of the dogs were suffering from untreated medical conditions including severe and potentially fatal dental problems, untreated dermatitis and numerous other health issues,” says Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations for the BC SPCA. “We also had some concerns about the dogs’ immediate environment, especially given the temperature on the day in question.”

The dogs were subsequently surrendered to the BC SPCA where they are undergoing medical treatment as required and will then be up for adoption.

Charges of animal cruelty will be recommended to Crown counsel in this case.

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.