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BC SPCA rescues dogs left outdoors in freezing temperatures

December 3, 2010

December 3, 2010 The BC SPCA is urging the public to protect their animals from freezing temperatures after cruelty investigators in Prince George seized three dogs whose owner had left them outdoors without proper protection from the elements. “There is no excuse for subjecting animals to this kind of neglect,” said BC SPCA constable Chad Bohanan, noting …

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Richmond gives final approval to pet-store puppy ban

November 9, 2010

It’s official – the City of Richmond has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to ban the sale of puppies in pet stores. The ban goes into effect in April 2011, and the city’s three local pet stores will have until that time to sell or remove puppies from their stores. Richmond councillors approved the …

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Three pit bulls and 10 puppies seized in Surrey

October 25, 2010

BC SPCA constables have seized two adult pit bull-cross dogs, a six-month-old pit bull-cross and 10 two-week-old pit bull-cross puppies in Surrey. The female was starving, with her spine and ribs protruding while the puppies were dehydrated and underweight. The adult male dog was suffering from a large open wound on his front paw. “In addition …

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Chilliwack couple charged with five counts of animal cruelty

October 21, 2010

Chilliwack residents Peter and Camille Devries have been charged with five separate counts of animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act) and the Criminal Code following a BC SPCA investigation. The charges come after BC SPCA constables seized a large number of neglected animals from the couple’s property on Yale …

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Man charged after raccoons left unattended in trap

September 30, 2010

A Victoria man accused of trapping three baby raccoons and leaving town has been charged with animal cruelty. Crown counsel charged Dieter Hartmetz under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act after BC SPCA staff found the animals injured and dehydrated inside a cage July 24. “Two of the raccoons had injuries to their mouths …

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Light sentence in Armstrong cruelty case disappoints

September 7, 2010

The BC SPCA is expressing strong disappointment in the light sentence given to Armstrong residents Sandra and Jim Tullett after the couple was convicted of animal cruelty in a Vernon court this week. On July 16, 2008, BC SPCA animal cruelty investigators seized several animals from a roadside petting zoo north of Vernon that was …

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New B.C. exotics legislation sends strong message to circuses

August 4, 2010

The BC SPCA is applauding the quick actions of Ministry of Environment staff in applying the province’s new regulations on exotic animals to travelling circuses. Officials from the Jordan World Circus, which toured 14 B.C. communities in July and August, were denied a permit to include three Asian elephants in their performances after failing to …

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