The BC SPCA has seized 46 horses, four dogs and four hogs from a property in North Vernon. The warrant was executed on March 25 after the BC SPCA received complaints that animals had been left unattended on the property and were not receiving adequate care.
“SPCA constables met with the owner of the animals earlier this month and issued a number of orders for changes that were required to relieve the distress of the animals,” explains Eileen Drever, senior officer, protection and stakeholder relations for the BC SPCA. “We have monitored the situation and requested daily documentation that the orders were being met. Unfortunately we were not satisfied that the owner had made the necessary changes and sought a warrant to remove the animals.” The issues of concern related to inadequate food, water and shelter.
The animals have been moved to undisclosed locations in the Okanagan, where they are being examined by veterinarians and receiving on-going care. “All animals are dependent on their caregivers to provide them with the basic necessities. If we fail to do so, we are failing them,” said Drever. The BC SPCA investigation into the case continues.
To report an animal in distress (including wildlife), please call the BC SPCA Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722.
To help support the cost of care for the seized animals, the BC SPCA is grateful for donations.