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B.C. Government maintains monitoring of animal slaughter

March 4, 2013

The BC SPCA is encouraged by the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture’s recent announcement that they will be maintaining on-site inspection programs for provincially-licensed commercial slaughter plants once the Canadian Food Inspection Agency withdraws its services next year Earlier this year, the Society published a new position statement on humane killing of animals, which lays out …

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BC SPCA rescues two dogs found at bottom of dumpster near Williams Lake

January 25, 2013

The BC SPCA came to the rescue of two heeler-cross dogs on Tuesday evening (Jan. 22) after being tipped off that the dogs had been inside a large dumpster for several days in freezing temperatures on a reserve outside of Williams Lake. Kent Kokoska, a senior animal protection officer for the BC SPCA who rescued …

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Light sentence in Whistler sled dog case “shocking”, says BC SPCA

November 22, 2012

The BC SPCA says it is stunned by the light sentence handed down today to Bob Fawcett, former general manager of the Whistler-based Howling Dog Tours, but believes the animal cruelty investigation into the disturbing case has led to a more humane future for sled dogs across the province.  Fawcett, who pleaded guilty Aug. 30 …

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Victoria couple charged with animal cruelty in shocking neglect case

November 13, 2012

Warning: graphic image. A Victoria couple has been charged with animal cruelty after their badly neglected dog was found near death and brought to the BC SPCA. Douglas and Enza Pattison were the owners of “Tiny”, a ten-year-old black and white shih tzu, who was turned in to the Victoria SPCA shelter on Aug. 2 …

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