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Can't Get No Respect

Mission woman charged with animal cruelty again

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he's been guilty of animal cruelty in the past, so it didn't take much to convict Faye Delores Parkinson, 75, of two counts of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code. Last week, Parkinson was handed down a 15-year ban from owning animals.


Earlier this year, BCSPCA constables seized 18 cats and dogs from Parkinson's Mission home.

According to the SPCA, aside from unsanitary living conditions, the animals were suffering all kinds of issues from malnutrition and infections to dental problems.

In 2014, Parkinson was convicted of similar offences and fined $10,000.00. But apparently, she didn't learn much from that costly experience.

Maurcie Moriarty, Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer for the BCSPCA, told The Voice Friday, that Parkinson was a breeder/hoarder and despite numerous attempts by the animal protection agency to work with her, she ignored everyone including the courts.

"It is ultimately up to a judge to decide what an appropriate sentence is and this is what happened in this case," said Moriarty.

When asked if Parkinson was checked on from time to time, Moriarty said someone reported Parkinson.

"The BC SPCA does not have the power, nor the resources, to monitor people constantly, but rather respond to complaints from the public and this is what happened in this case," stated Moriarty.

Moriarty said there is a more detailed description of the 2013 decision on the BC Farm Industry Review Board website.

To report an animal in distress, you can call the toll-free Animal Cruelty Reporting Hotline at 1 (855) 6BC SPCA (1 855 622 7722). The call centre is open seven days per week; Mon to Fri: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat & Sun: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If this is an animal emergency outside of these hours, please contact your local police department or RCMP.

The SPCA's mandate is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia.

They rely 100% on donations to save animals in distress. To see how your support makes a difference visit


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