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Victoria man under investigation for bludgeoning of baby raccoon and mother

July 21, 2010

The BC SPCA is investigating a Victoria area man who was seen beating a baby raccoon and its mother to death with a hockey stick last Monday night. BC SPCA animal protection officer, Erika Paul arrived at the scene Tuesday to retrieve the bodies which will be critical to confirming how the raccoons died. “Raccoons are …

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Calgary Stampede deaths highlight rodeo concerns

July 15, 2010

The recent deaths of horses at the 2010 Calgary Stampede once again raises the need for animal welfare organizations and the public to call for more humane treatment of animals in events which showcase rodeo skills. In its official position on rodeo events the BC SPCA expresses serious concern about the events that are the …

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Charges laid against Nanaimo man in kitten abuse case

July 15, 2010

Charges of animal cruelty have been laid against Nanaimo resident Sang Min Han in a horrifying abuse case involving a six-month-old female kitten named Tommy. A local veterinarian alerted SPCA animal protection officers in January 2010, when a client brought in a kitten with a severe head trauma, fractured rib, extreme neck and abdominal pain, …

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Officers rescue 46 dogs and cats from Vanderhoof residence

June 29, 2010

BC SPCA constables have seized 25 shepherd and terrier type dogs and 21 cats from a Vanderhoof couple. The sick and badly neglected animals are now in the care of the North Cariboo (Prince George) and Vernon branches of the BC SPCA. “We do have a history with these particular individuals,” said BC SPCA special …

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Boston Bar man charged with cruelty after dogs found in horrific situation

June 24, 2010

A Boston Bar man whose three dogs were kept in a filthy dwelling and never allowed outside has been charged with animal cruelty. Delbert Margetts has been charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act after BC SPCA constables found his three dogs living in deplorable conditions inside a home in Boston Bar. “These …

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North Saanich couple faces new charges after breaching ban on owning animals

June 22, 2010

Sam Joe and Thelma David of North Saanich are facing new charges under the Criminal Code of Canada after breaching the conditions of a previous sentence on animal cruelty. In 2008, the couple was banned from having custody of animals after pleading guilty to severely neglecting 12 pit bulls in their care. In 2007, the …

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Crown’s decision in Mountain View case disappoints

June 15, 2010

BC SPCA officials are expressing disappointment today with Crown counsel’s decision not to proceed with charges of animal cruelty against Mountain View Conservation and Breeding facility in Langley. The BC SPCA launched an extensive animal cruelty investigation at the facility in November 2009 after receiving a lengthy list of concerns about animal welfare neglect. “We are …

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Animal cruelty charges laid after emaciated golden retriever and 11 puppies seized in Chilliwack

May 31, 2010

Crown counsel has laid charges of animal cruelty against Chilliwack resident Paula MacGougan after BC SPCA constables seized an emaciated golden retriever and her 11 puppies. MacGougan, whose animals were seized in January, faces charges under both the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. When BC SPCA officers arrived …

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