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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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Breed-specific bylaws don’t keep communities safe

July 26, 2010

The most effective way to protect the public from dangerous dogs is with multifaceted strategies that address aggressive behaviour in dogs of any and all breeds. That’s according to BC SPCA animal welfare manager Geoff Urton, who is urging  government, animal welfare organizations and other stakeholders to work together on multi-faceted strategies such as those …

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Knutsford Great Dane breeder faces further legal trouble

July 23, 2010

A Knutsford resident facing three counts of animal cruelty charges under both the Criminal Code of Canada and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is now facing further charges after breaching the conditions of her bail. In 2009 the BC SPCA seized 26 Great Danes and six cats from Haughton after determining the animals …

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