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Cruelty Charges Laid Against Powell River Resident

August 17, 2009

Crown counsel has approved charges of animal cruelty against Powell River resident Bud Wilcocks following a BC SPCA investigation earlier this year. On Feb. 3, the SPCA seized six lame, lice-infested and emaciated goats and three neglected ponies from a farm on Westview Avenue. The property was also littered with animal carcasses and debris. BC …

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2009 Interior Fires Update – Fires Flare as BC SPCA cares for over 1,000 Animals

August 4, 2009

The holiday weekend brought further peril for residents of B.C. communities impacted by raging wildfires. The BC SPCA and other rescue organizations are working around the clock to rescue animals from behind fire evacuation lines and to provide temporary care for the pets of displaced families. Nearly 1,000 animals have been cared for by the …

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Think Twice Before Supporting Rodeo Events

July 22, 2009

The BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is urging members of the public to think twice before supporting rodeo events which cause unnecessary suffering to animals. The call comes as Abbotsford gets ready to host the Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo July 30 – August 3 at Abbotsford Exhibition Park. “The BC …

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2009 Interior Fires – Kelowna Branch Seeks Help for Evacuated Animals

July 20, 2009

The BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is seeking the public’s help to provide care for nearly 300 animals rescued from the wildfires burning in West Kelowna. The fires have forced more than 11,000 residents from their homes. “Our special provincial constables have been working around the clock to rescue horses, livestock …

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26 Great Danes seized near Kamloops

July 16, 2009

BC SPCA special constables have seized 26 Great Danes and six cats from a property south of Kamloops. The 10 adult dogs and 16 puppies were in varying degrees of distress and were suffering from a range of untreated medical conditions.

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Clydesdale horses, fowl seized from Powell River property

July 15, 2009

Three ailing Clydesdale horses are under veterinary care after they were seized from a Powell River acreage by BC SPCA cruelty officers Friday. One horse, a 14-year-old gelding, was infested with external parasites and suffering from an eye tumour and infection so severe that the surrounding tissue was inflamed and pus streamed down the horse’s …

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Chilliwack RCMP join forces with the BC SPCA to launch the Dogs in Pickup Trucks campaign

July 15, 2009

Every year countless animals are killed or injured in B.C. because they are not properly restrained while traveling in vehicles. “The problem is particularly dangerous when guardians let their dogs ride unrestrained in the back of a pick-up truck,” said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. “Tragically, BC SPCA animal …

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Owner of neglected huskies receives 10-year ban on keeping animals

July 13, 2009

A Likely, B.C. man has received a 10-year ban on owning animals in a BC SPCA cruelty investigation stemming from 2006. Guy William Smith was banned from keeping animals for the next decade after he was convicted of badly neglected 30 husky-malamute dogs in his care. The dogs were seized from his property in September …

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18 animals in distress seized from breeder near Nanaimo

June 11, 2009

The BC SPCA has seized 18 animals in distress from a Nanaimo-area breeder. Five small breed dogs, including shih tzus, poodles, chihauhaus, and lhasa apso mixes, eight small breed puppies, four birds and one cat were taken into SPCA care after their owner failed to provide proper care. “The animals were housed in extremely unsanitary …

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