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BC SPCA spay/neuter grants help B.C. communities combat cat overpopulation

March 6, 2013

Fifteen municipalities or non-profit organizations have been announced as recipients of the new BC SPCA Community Cat Spay/Neuter Grant Program. The program, funded in part by an SPCA donor who was concerned about the cat overpopulation crisis in B.C., will provide up to 1,000 operations and prevent 5,000 kitten births this year in B.C. communities. …

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B.C. Government maintains monitoring of animal slaughter

March 4, 2013

The BC SPCA is encouraged by the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture’s recent announcement that they will be maintaining on-site inspection programs for provincially-licensed commercial slaughter plants once the Canadian Food Inspection Agency withdraws its services next year Earlier this year, the Society published a new position statement on humane killing of animals, which lays out …

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BC SPCA rescues two dogs found at bottom of dumpster near Williams Lake

January 25, 2013

The BC SPCA came to the rescue of two heeler-cross dogs on Tuesday evening (Jan. 22) after being tipped off that the dogs had been inside a large dumpster for several days in freezing temperatures on a reserve outside of Williams Lake. Kent Kokoska, a senior animal protection officer for the BC SPCA who rescued …

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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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