The BC SPCA is caring for 20 small-breed dogs and puppies after executing a search warrant on a Chilliwack property. The badly neglected dogs were part of a breeding operation that sold puppies for profit through local brokers.
“The dogs were all small, popular breeds that can be brokered easily – Maltese-yorkie crosses, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Papillion and Pekingese,” says Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA.
“Many were puppies, ranging in age from one day old to six months.” Moriarty says the dogs were living in areas with high ammonia levels, were soaked in urine, with long nails and badly matted fur. Most of the older dogs will require extensive dental surgery.
Moriarty says this investigation highlights why new legislation that was passed this spring to enable regulation of dog and cat breeding in B.C. is essential.
“We were able to intervene as soon as we became aware of this situation, but without regulations in this industry, substandard breeders who are not reported continue to operate and the animals are the ones who suffer.”
Moriarty says the BC SPCA is looking forward to working further with government on the development of the regulations that will support the new breeder legislation.
“We’re sure, that with the right resources in place, the public will be able to have confidence in a regulated industry where dogs and cats bred in B.C. are not subjected to the neglect that these poor dogs were exposed to.”
The dogs and puppies seized from the Chilliwack breeder have since been voluntarily surrendered and are undergoing veterinary treatment. They are being cared for in SPCA foster homes and at various SPCA locations in the Lower Mainland.
The BC SPCA is grateful for any donations to help offset the care costs for the dogs and puppies. Please visit spca.bc.ca/emergency to help.