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Owner of dog abandoned at Kelowna SPCA shelter receives five-year ban

June 8, 2011

A Kelowna man who tied up and abandoned his critically ill dog at the local SPCA shelter during the early hours of March 14, 2011, has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges. Dave Schamerhorn received a $750 fine and a five-year ban on owning or having custody of animals. Schamerhorn’s beige and white Labrador cross …

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Pitt Meadows man receives lifetime ban on owning animals following BC SPCA investigation

May 31, 2011

  Pitt Meadows resident David Chan has been given a lifetime ban on owning animals after pleading guilty to abusing his seven-month-old Pekingese, Bosco.  A veterinarian alerted BC SPCA constables after Chan brought the dog to his clinic on Feb. 9, 2010 suffering from a broken hip and two fractured hind legs.  The dog was …

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BC SPCA and District of Maple Ridge officially open B.C.’s first “green” community animal centre

May 27, 2011

Officials from the District of Maple Ridge and the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals gathered today to mark the official opening of a new state-of-the-art community animal centre in Maple Ridge. The facility, designed by Meiklejohn Architects Inc. of Kelowna, features some of North America’s most progressive animal welfare designs and …

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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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