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Nanaimo man sentenced after brutally beating dog with hammer

November 7, 2012

A Nanaimo man was sentenced to six months in jail and was given a 30-month probation period and a 25-year ban on having custody, or residing with, animals after brutally attacking his girlfriend’s dog with a hammer. Matthew Dean Tremblay was sentenced Nov. 5 after pleading guilty to severely assaulting a Newfoundland dog named King …

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BC SPCA to lay Whistler Sled Dogs to rest on Nov. 2 near Penticton

October 16, 2012

The 56 sled dogs at the heart of a tragic animal cruelty case will be laid to rest on Nov. 2 at the BC SPCA’s pet cemetery near Penticton. The discovery of the mass killing at a Whistler-based sled dog tour company in 2011 sparked international outrage and launched the largest animal cruelty investigation in …

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Bob Fawcett pleads guilty to animal cruelty in Whistler sled dog case

August 30, 2012

Bob Fawcett, former general manager of the Whistler-based Howling Dog Tours, pleaded guilty today to causing unnecessary pain and suffering to a number of sled dogs near Whistler in April 2010.  In April 2012, Fawcett was charged with one count of animal cruelty under Section 445.1(1) following an extensive BC SPCA investigation. A sentencing date …

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Six newborn kittens abandoned in a cooler in Surrey have been reunited with their mother

August 29, 2012

Six newborn kittens abandoned in a cooler on a Surrey sidewalk on Aug. 27 have been reunited with their mother. BC SPCA officers set out live traps Tuesday in the area where the tiny kittens were discovered, and at 10:30 p.m. the mother cat, searching the area for her babies, was lured into the trap. …

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BC SPCA uses legacy to provide spay/neuter grants to B.C. communities

August 1, 2012

The BC SPCA is launching a new spay/neuter grant competition that will help communities across British Columbia address the tragedy of pet overpopulation. Through a $75,000 legacy from a compassionate BC SPCA donor who was concerned about the suffering of homeless cats, the SPCA will be distributing grants of $2,500, $5,000 and $7,500 to municipalities …

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BC SPCA recommends charges in Captain cruelty case

July 27, 2012

The BC SPCA has recommended charges to crown counsel in the case of Captain, a two-year-old German shepherd rescued from a dumpster in Vancouver that subsequently died on July 19. The recommendation is that the person responsible for Captain’s injuries be charged with causing unnecessary suffering pursuant to section 445.1(1)(a) of the criminal code and …

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Victoria resident charged with animal cruelty after flea-infested cat dies

July 24, 2012

A Victoria woman whose cat died after suffering from heavy flea infestation has been charged with animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Maureen Silva makes her first court appearance on Aug. 29. A veterinarian was called to attend Ms. Silva’s three-year-old Persian cat Princess earlier this …

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BC SPCA breaks ground for new community animal centre in Powell River

June 18, 2012

Craig Daniell, chief executive officer of The B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other top BC SPCA officials will be in Powell River on Wednesday, July 25 for a sod-turning ceremony for the region’s first-ever SPCA community animal centre. Construction of the new facility at 7558 Duncan Street begins this month …

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Forensic examinations reveal mutilated cats were victims of predators

June 15, 2012

BC SPCA officials announced today that necropsies conducted by internationally known forensic veterinarian Dr. Melinda Merck on the remains of mutilated cats and other animals found in the Lower Mainland, have determined the animals were victims of predator attack. Initial findings from pathologists and veterinarians, combined with the unusual placement of the bodies, had raised …

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