Wednesday, Oct 1,
SPCA looks for
new regulations after Chilliwack breeder caught with 20 abused dogs
Tricia Weel, SPCA/Submitted
BC SPCA is caring for 20 small-breed dogs and puppies after executing a
search warrant on a Chilliwack property. The badly neglected dogs were part
of a breeding operation that sold puppies for profit through local brokers.
“The dogs were all small, popular breeds that can be brokered easily –
Maltese-yorkie crosses, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Papillion and Pekingese,”
says Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC
SPCA. “Many were puppies, ranging in age from one day old to six months.”
Moriarty says the dogs were living in areas with high ammonia levels, were
soaked in urine, with long nails and badly matted fur. Most of the older
dogs will require extensive dental surgery.
Moriarty says this
investigation highlights why new legislation that was passed this spring to
enable regulation of dog and cat breeding in B.C. is essential. “We were
able to intervene as soon as we became aware of this situation, but without
regulations in this industry, substandard breeders who are not reported
continue to operate and the animals are the ones who suffer.”
Moriarty says the BC SPCA is looking forward to working further with
government on the development of the regulations that will support the new
sure, that with the right resources in place, the public will be able to
have confidence in a regulated industry where dogs and cats bred in B.C. are
not subjected to the neglect that these poor dogs were exposed to.”
The dogs and puppies seized from the Chilliwack breeder have since been
voluntarily surrendered and are undergoing veterinary treatment. They are
being cared for in SPCA foster homes and at various SPCA locations in the
Lower Mainland but are not available for adoption at this time.
The BC SPCA is grateful for any donations to help offset the care costs for
the dogs and puppies. Please visit spca.bc.ca/support to help.
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