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Maple Ridge couple fined and banned from owning animals for three years

August 11, 2011

A B.C. Provincial Court judge fined Wendy Klassen and John Warren $100 plus a $15 victim fine surcharge each along with a ban on owning, having custody of or residing with any animal or bird for three years. The pair pleaded guilty in November to animal cruelty charges related to causing unnecessary pain or suffering …

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Williams Lake area rancher charged with animal cruelty

August 10, 2011

A McLeese Lake area rancher has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act) for neglect and cruelty. Despite repeated warnings, Rob Weetman ignored recommendations concerning the proper care, housing and feeding of a herd of beef cattle. Of approximately 170 head, nearly 40 starved to …

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71 dogs seized in cruelty investigation on Vancouver Island

July 11, 2011

BC SPCA constables seized 71 dogs and puppies from a breeder near Merville, B.C. on July 5. The dogs were in distress as defined by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. “Many of the dogs were suffering from untreated medical conditions including severe and potentially fatal dental problems, untreated dermatitis and numerous other health …

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Langford couple charged with animal cruelty following BC SPCA investigation

June 29, 2011

Two Langford area residents, Tyler Miskow and Andrea Mills, have been charged with animal cruelty. The pair is being charged with two counts of neglecting and failure to provide adequate care for an animal under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Miscow and Mills’ male cat, Romeo, was …

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Public opinion sought on use of animals in research

June 27, 2011

The use of animals in research has long been a source of public controversy. Now, animal welfare researchers at UBC are conducting a study to find out how people feel about the use of animals in laboratory research and they want to hear from you. To date, Canadian universities have provided little opportunity for public …

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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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