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Man convicted of horse cruelty charged with breach of probation

May 28, 2012

Brentwood Bay resident David Whiffin  has been charged with breach of probation after failing to comply with a ban on owning animals imposed earlier this year. Whiffin, who appears in court on May 31 to face the charge, was found living on a property with dogs, geese and a miniature horse. Whiffin and Clayton Cunningham, …

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Experts call for farm animal industry reforms

April 24, 2012

In an expert report released today, animal welfare scientist Dr. Ian Duncan and ethicist Dr. Bernie Rollin are calling for reforms to the housing, care and breeding of farm animals in Canada. Among their recommendations are for pain relief to be required during routine surgeries such as castration, and for phase-outs of confinement housing systems like battery …

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Crown counsel approves charges in BC SPCA sled dog investigation

April 20, 2012

Crown counsel today announced charges of animal cruelty (Criminal Code, Section 445.1(1) (a)) against Bob Fawcett, former general manager of the Whistler-based Howling Dog Tours, for causing unnecessary pain and suffering to a number of sled dogs in April 2010. His first court appearance is scheduled for May 24 in Pemberton. Gruesome details of the …

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Langley veterinarian convicted in horse neglect case

March 28, 2012

Warning: graphic photos below. Langley veterinarian Mark Marohn was found guilty today of animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code of Canada and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act after the BC SPCA discovered six emaciated and badly neglected horses in his care. Marohn was charged in April of 2009. In December, 2008, BC SPCA …

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