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31 Dogs rescued from Clearwater property

February 20, 2024

The BC SPCA has taken 31 dogs into care from a property in Clearwater, B.C. The dogs include dachshunds, poodles, Mini Schnauzers and various poodle-mix breeds, all of varying ages. The dogs were surrendered by their owner after an animal cruelty investigation was conducted by the BC SPCA.

“The dogs were owned by an irresponsible breeder who was keeping them in a dark building without adequate heating or bedding for the dogs. It was very unsanitary with an overwhelming ammonia smell,” says Drever. “The owners were not providing them with the necessary veterinary care, enrichment or socialization they desperately needed.”

One of the dogs, a senior dachshund, had an abdominal mass that was so large, it was dragging on the ground. The owner had not taken the dog to a veterinarian for care. Unfortunately, when the dog was examined by a veterinarian during the BC SPCA’s intake process, it was determined that the mass was a tumour that had metastasized. Because of the dog’s age and the late stage of the disease, there was nothing that could be done and she was humanely euthanized to relieve her distress.

“This is an incredibly sad situation all around,” says Drever. “These dogs were treated as commodities and are not only dealing with physical health issues, but are suffering psychologically,” says Drever. “The dogs are extremely fearful. Many couldn’t be touched at all and the dogs cowered in fear when the owner came near.” She adds that BC SPCA staff have been noticing repetitive behaviours in the dogs like pacing back and forth in their kennels, a sign of a lack of mental stimulation.

Drever adds that this is another reminder to people considering purchasing a dog from a breeder to do their homework. “This breeder was meeting with potential buyers in parking lots, which is a red flag that the animals are not being adequately cared for,” says Drever. “If they won’t let you visit the dogs where they are being housed, don’t purchase a dog from them.”

It is not known at this time when the dogs will be available for adoption as they will require extensive rehabilitation efforts. The BC SPCA will be recommending charges.

Close up of skin issues on dog seized from Clearwater property