Their wagging tails and happy faces say it all.
Now groomed, shaved and bathed, the 66 sick and neglected dogs and puppies seized from a Langley puppy mill are on their road to recovery with plenty of comfortable beds, bedding, toys, towels and so much more, thanks to the public’s overwhelming generosity.
The 32 adult dogs and 34 puppies, including Old English sheepdogs, Bernese mountain dogs, soft-coated wheaten terriers, standard poodles, miniature poodles and Portuguese water dogs were seized by BC SPCA cruelty investigators Feb. 4, in one of the largest puppy mill seizures in B.C. history.
The story inspired the public to respond with massive numbers of donations, both monetary as well as items including dog beds, blankets, towels, sheets, dog toys, treats, leashes, harnesses, and much more. Many donations are brand-new, with price tags or packaging still in place. Donations are still pouring in, and the Vancouver SPCA shelter boardroom is packed to overflowing with local animal lovers’ kind generosity.
“We still can’t believe how the public has responded in such a huge and heartfelt way,” says Charlotte Ellice, Vancouver BC SPCA Branch manager. “We are so truly grateful. We wish we could thank each and every person who donated, no matter how big or small the donation, because it has all helped us cope with one of the largest animals seizures we’ve seen.”
Rescued from deplorable conditions, the dogs were kept in small, cramped, stacked crates and cages, in dark, unheated buildings with dangerous ammonia levels from accumulated urine. Shelter and veterinary staff and volunteers continue to work long hours to address the animals’ serious medical and psychological issues, which include broken limbs, missing ears and eyes, infections and abscesses, dental disease and infectious disease. When they first came into BC SPCA care, many of the dogs had severely matted fur coats, as well as fur caked in dried feces, and overgrown nails.
“They still have a ways to go, but compared to when they first got here, they’ve already come a long way,” Ellice says of the dogs, some of whom show signs of fearfulness due to a lack of socialization. “And we couldn’t do it without the public and their awesome support. All of us – the dogs especially – are so extremely thankful.”
The BC SPCA relies on community donations to provide shelter and medical treatment for the thousands of homeless and abused animals in our care. Thank you for helping us fight animal cruelty!
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.