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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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Vancouver SPCA introduces cat portals, increases welfare for shelter cats

November 8, 2012

Vancouver SPCA introduces cat portals, increases welfare for shelter cats During late October, the BC SPCA Vancouver Branch underwent an exciting renovation to its cat housing facilities which included the installation of new “cat portals.” By installing PVC portals between adjacent cages, the Vancouver SPCA has now converted all single stainless steel cages into double …

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Nanaimo man sentenced after brutally beating dog with hammer

November 7, 2012

A Nanaimo man was sentenced to six months in jail and was given a 30-month probation period and a 25-year ban on having custody, or residing with, animals after brutally attacking his girlfriend’s dog with a hammer. Matthew Dean Tremblay was sentenced Nov. 5 after pleading guilty to severely assaulting a Newfoundland dog named King …

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BC SPCA to lay Whistler Sled Dogs to rest on Nov. 2 near Penticton

October 16, 2012

The 56 sled dogs at the heart of a tragic animal cruelty case will be laid to rest on Nov. 2 at the BC SPCA’s pet cemetery near Penticton. The discovery of the mass killing at a Whistler-based sled dog tour company in 2011 sparked international outrage and launched the largest animal cruelty investigation in …

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Bob Fawcett pleads guilty to animal cruelty in Whistler sled dog case

August 30, 2012

Bob Fawcett, former general manager of the Whistler-based Howling Dog Tours, pleaded guilty today to causing unnecessary pain and suffering to a number of sled dogs near Whistler in April 2010.  In April 2012, Fawcett was charged with one count of animal cruelty under Section 445.1(1) following an extensive BC SPCA investigation. A sentencing date …

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Six newborn kittens abandoned in a cooler in Surrey have been reunited with their mother

August 29, 2012

Six newborn kittens abandoned in a cooler on a Surrey sidewalk on Aug. 27 have been reunited with their mother. BC SPCA officers set out live traps Tuesday in the area where the tiny kittens were discovered, and at 10:30 p.m. the mother cat, searching the area for her babies, was lured into the trap. …

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BC SPCA uses legacy to provide spay/neuter grants to B.C. communities

August 1, 2012

The BC SPCA is launching a new spay/neuter grant competition that will help communities across British Columbia address the tragedy of pet overpopulation. Through a $75,000 legacy from a compassionate BC SPCA donor who was concerned about the suffering of homeless cats, the SPCA will be distributing grants of $2,500, $5,000 and $7,500 to municipalities …

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