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Province introduces amendments to B.C. cruelty laws

May 11, 2011

The province introduced proposed changes to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in the legislature today to better protect animals from suffering and abuse. The proposed amendments were developed on the recommendation of a government sled dog task force that was appointed earlier this year following the reported mass killings of sled dogs near …

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Merritt-area man sentenced for dragging dog behind truck

April 1, 2011

A Merritt-area man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to tying his golden Lab cross dog to his truck and dragging her behind the vehicle. Bobby Elliott was charged with animal cruelty under both the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Actand the Criminal Code following a BC SPCA investigation last summer. “On June 17, a …

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Kamloops resident sentenced after leaving pomeranian puppy to suffer

February 28, 2011

A Kamloops man has been banned from owning animals for five years after failing to provide veterinary care for his injured five-week-old pomeranian puppy.  William Wallace was charged with animal cruelty in 2010 and was sentenced last week following a BC SPCA investigation into the case. Wallace was also fined $250 and ordered to pay …

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Oliver resident convicted of animal cruelty

February 17, 2011

Oliver resident Rudolph Harfman has been convicted of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada following a BC SPCA investigation dating back to 2006. Harfman was charged with animal cruelty after BC SPCA constables seized 121 cattle, four sheep and a donkey from his property.  The animals were emaciated and were suffering from ringworm, …

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Plans announced for innovative new community animal centre in Surrey

January 27, 2011

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) has purchased a 5.5-acre parcel of land in south Surrey for a new community animal centre.  The property, located at 16748 50th Avenue between Highway 10 and 32nd Avenue, will be the site of what the SPCA hopes will be one of …

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Duncan residents charged following animal cruelty investigation

January 26, 2011

Crown counsel has approved charges of animal cruelty against Duncan residents Norman Modeste and Patrick Edwards following a BC SPCA animal cruelty investigation. Princess, a miniature pinscher, was alleged dragged behind a truck and left for weeks without veterinary treatment for a broken jaw and fractured leg.  BC SPCA constables attended to the injured dog …

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Duncan resident charged after SPCA seizes neglected horses

January 6, 2011

Crown counsel has approved charges of animal cruelty against a Duncan man after BC SPCA special constables seized 10 badly neglected horses and other farm animals from his property. The SPCA seized two horses from Orest (Louie) Pohynayko on June 29, 2010 and eight more horses, two llamas and a goat on Nov. 26 after the …

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Tumbler Ridge man handed 10-year ban on owning animals

December 13, 2010

The owner of 34 husky dogs taken into BC SPCA care in 2007 pled guilty and was sentenced this week to a 10-year ban on owning animals. Stacey Lajeunesse of Tumbler Ridge voluntarily surrendered the badly neglected dogs following an investigation by SPCA constables. In total, SPCA officers took 23 puppies, ranging in age from …

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Vanderhoof resident charged after BC SPCA seizes 46 dogs and cats

December 10, 2010

Charges of animal cruelty have been laid against a Vanderhoof resident after BC SPCA constables seized 25 shepherd- and terrier-type dogs and 21 cats from his property. The sick and badly neglected animals, who were seized on June 23, were cared for at the North Cariboo (Prince George) and Vernon branches of the BC SPCA …

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