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Cruelty charges approved against Vernon animal owner

December 9, 2009

December 9, 2009 Crown counsel has approved multiple charges of animal cruelty against a Vernon animal owner. Carla Christman is charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Criminal Code after BC SPCA constables acting on a search warrant seized 28 thin and emaciated horses languishing with untreated injuries on her property. Investigators also …

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Guide outfitter who abandoned horses pleads guilty to cruelty

December 7, 2009

Frank McKay, a lawyer, appeared in Prince George provincial court Friday to plead guilty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to causing or permitting an animal to be in distress. In addition to paying restitution, McKay was also handed a $1,000-fine and a $150-victim surcharge, banned from owning animals in B.C. for two …

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Crown approves charge after chinchilla starved to death

November 26, 2009

A Victoria woman whose chinchilla starved to death, has been charged with animal cruelty.   Robyn Louise MacMillan has been charged under both the Criminal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act after two chinchillas and a cat were left without food and water for at least 17 days. One of the chinchillas …

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Brentwood Bay residents accused of starving, hanging, horse

November 14, 2009

Crown counsel has charged Brentwood Bay residents David Whiffin and Clayton Cunningham with animal cruelty after a 27-year-old Appaloosa gelding named Jalupae was starved to the point of emaciation and then hung to death.  The alleged incident took place on a waterfront acreage in Brentwood Bay. “It is so difficult to fathom why anyone would …

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Animals Matter to Canada

November 12, 2009

Thanks to the support of 75,000 Canadians, the House of Commons has unanimously passed a motion to support the development of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW). The UDAW aims to seek global recognition that animals are capable of feeling pain and suffering, and that they deserve protection. In 2007, the BC SPCA joined the international “Animals Matter” coalition …

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Powell River resident pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges

November 9, 2009

Powell River resident Bud Wilcocks pled guilty on Oct. 29 to charges of animal cruelty.  The charges were laid following a BC SPCA investigation on Feb. 3 in which the SPCA seized six lame, lice-infested and emaciated goats and three neglected ponies from a farm on Westview Avenue.  The property was also littered with animal …

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Chained/Tethered Dogs Advocacy Campaign Goes Provincial

October 23, 2009

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) has launched a provincewide education campaign to raise awareness about the plight of chained, backyard dogs.”Every year SPCA animal protection officers respond to hundreds of calls about dogs who are chained or tethered in backyards,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community …

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Meet the famous Kiss-a-bull Ginger – and Thunder too!

September 25, 2009

You’ve seen the video clip of Ginger and Thunder, and now so have hundreds of thousands of people across North America!  With what is possibly one of the funniest adopt-a-pet segment videos in recent memory, Ginger the kiss-a-bull Pit Bull and Thunder, a Border Collie/Sheppard cross, have become Internet sensations. Meet the Stars Ginger Ginger, …