In 2008 and 2009, the BC SPCA's Cruelty Investigations Department saw an unprecedented rise in the number of cases involving horse neglect and abuse and cared for 48 horses at one time - a record number for our charitable organization.
Below are a just a few examples of cruelty investigations related to horses and ways you can help support these majestic animals when they need us most.
Skeetchestn First Nations Reserve horses
One of our special constables found these emaciated horses on a First Nations reserve in Savona. 11 horses were seized from the reserve, and are now in BC SPCA care. Learn more about the Skeetchestn First Nations Reserve investigation.
"Chewy" is one of the horses rescued in Langley. When she was rescued she was malnourished, had rain scald and was in need of veterinary care. This second photo was taken four months later and you can see that she is doing much better! Learn more about Chewy and the Langley horse investigation.
These poor horses made national headlines. You can learn more about the McBride investigation or how BC SPCA recommended animal cruelty charges to Crown Counsel.
How you can help horses in need
Make an online gift today - To date, the BC SPCA has spent more than $123,000 to rescue, transport, board and care for these horses and sadly, the costs continue to rise. Your donation will help the BC SPCA rescue, care for and rehabilitate animals in need throughout B.C.
Donate goods or services -- Please send us an email if you have hay or other items to help the horses.
Foster a horse and help them on their road to recovery.
Report an animal in distress by calling 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 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. If it is an animal emergency outside of these hours, please contact your local police department or RCMP.