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Animal cruelty charges pending against Nanaimo man

December 14, 2011

Warning: story contains graphic images Charges of animal cruelty are pending against the Nanaimo owner of a seven-month-old German shepherd puppy who was found with a collar deeply embedded in her neck. The malnourished puppy was tied up in a yard and was wearing a 33-centimetre collar that was at least 10 centimetres too short to …

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Brentwood Bay residents found guilty of animal cruelty in horse starvation case

December 13, 2011

Brentwood Bay residents David Whiffin and Clayton Cunningham were found guilty today in a shocking case of animal abuse in which they starved their 27-year-old Appaloosa gelding named Jalupae to the point of emaciation and then hung the animal to death by tying him with ropes to an excavator on a waterfront acreage in Brentwood …

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Man charged with nine counts of animal cruelty in brutal Richmond killings

December 2, 2011

BC SPCA officials call it one of the most disturbing cases they have encountered in recent memory. Kendall Goheen of Richmond has been charged with nine counts of animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code of Canada and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act after he allegedly stabbed and killed three pets he co-owned …

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Owner of husky found outside Kamloops SPCA focus of cruelty investigation

December 2, 2011

The BC SPCA will not be returning a malnourished husky who was left tied to the Kamloops SPCA shelter on Nov. 22 to the Chilliwack woman claiming to be her owner. “Normally we would be absolutely thrilled to be able to reunite a lost dog with their guardian, but in this case we have considerable concerns …

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Saanich residents charged with animal cruelty following BC SPCA investigation

December 2, 2011

Crown counsel has approved charges of animal cruelty against two Saanich men following a BC SPCA investigation. Dave and Dennis Bowcott of North Saanich were charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act after a neighbour observed a small goat, an African Boer mix, in distress on their property. “The emaciated female goat was lying …

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Maple Ridge couple fined and banned from owning animals for three years

August 11, 2011

A B.C. Provincial Court judge fined Wendy Klassen and John Warren $100 plus a $15 victim fine surcharge each along with a ban on owning, having custody of or residing with any animal or bird for three years. The pair pleaded guilty in November to animal cruelty charges related to causing unnecessary pain or suffering …

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Williams Lake area rancher charged with animal cruelty

August 10, 2011

A McLeese Lake area rancher has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act) for neglect and cruelty. Despite repeated warnings, Rob Weetman ignored recommendations concerning the proper care, housing and feeding of a herd of beef cattle. Of approximately 170 head, nearly 40 starved to …

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71 dogs seized in cruelty investigation on Vancouver Island

July 11, 2011

BC SPCA constables seized 71 dogs and puppies from a breeder near Merville, B.C. on July 5. The dogs were in distress as defined by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. “Many of the dogs were suffering from untreated medical conditions including severe and potentially fatal dental problems, untreated dermatitis and numerous other health …

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