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Light sentence in Armstrong cruelty case disappoints

September 7, 2010

The BC SPCA is expressing strong disappointment in the light sentence given to Armstrong residents Sandra and Jim Tullett after the couple was convicted of animal cruelty in a Vernon court this week. On July 16, 2008, BC SPCA animal cruelty investigators seized several animals from a roadside petting zoo north of Vernon that was …

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New B.C. exotics legislation sends strong message to circuses

August 4, 2010

The BC SPCA is applauding the quick actions of Ministry of Environment staff in applying the province’s new regulations on exotic animals to travelling circuses. Officials from the Jordan World Circus, which toured 14 B.C. communities in July and August, were denied a permit to include three Asian elephants in their performances after failing to …

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Breed-specific bylaws don’t keep communities safe

July 26, 2010

The most effective way to protect the public from dangerous dogs is with multifaceted strategies that address aggressive behaviour in dogs of any and all breeds. That’s according to BC SPCA animal welfare manager Geoff Urton, who is urging  government, animal welfare organizations and other stakeholders to work together on multi-faceted strategies such as those …

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Knutsford Great Dane breeder faces further legal trouble

July 23, 2010

A Knutsford resident facing three counts of animal cruelty charges under both the Criminal Code of Canada and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is now facing further charges after breaching the conditions of her bail. In 2009 the BC SPCA seized 26 Great Danes and six cats from Haughton after determining the animals …

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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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