The BC SPCA has removed 88 animals from a property in Langley. The 45 dogs, 18 cats and 24 farm animals and one turtle were seized during a warrant executed by BC SPCA constables on Sept. 19. Three dead animals were also found on the property.
“We received a complaint about animals in distress on this property and obtained a warrant to view the animals,” says Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA. “Our constables and a community veterinarian attended the property and, based on their assessment, we removed a total of 88 animals who met the definition of distress under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and who required immediate care.”
She notes that the animals are not part of a puppy/cat mill or breeding situation
but were seized because of emaciation, malnourishment, severe periodontal disease and other medical issues. There were also concerns about the condition the animals were being housed in.
“These animals needed immediate help,” says Moriarty, noting that one of the dogs was in a state of critical distress when found by SPCA animal protection officers.
“Part of being a responsible rescue group is to take in the number of animals you can adequately care for. If an individual or group becomes overwhelmed the BC SPCA is always here to help. But it is not acceptable to take in animals and allow them to continue suffering without proper nutrition, housing or veterinary care.”
The dogs – primarily medium and small-breed dogs – and cats are being triaged
at the Vancouver SPCA shelter and will be assessed to determine ongoing treatment.
All of the farm animals, which include goats, sheep, hens, roosters, duck, doves, pigeons and a pot-bellied pig, are being treated at the Good Shepherd Barn at BC SPCA’s Surrey Branch.
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