18 animals in distress seized from breeder near Nanaimo
June 11, 2009. For immediate release.
The BC SPCA has seized 18 animals in distress from a Nanaimo-area breeder. Five small breed dogs, including shih tzus, poodles, chihauhaus, and lhasa apso mixes, eight small breed puppies, four birds and one cat were taken into SPCA care after their owner failed to provide proper care. "The animals were housed in extremely unsanitary conditions, living in unventilated areas filled with excrement," says Const. Tina Heary of the BC SPCA. "The dogs also had internal and external parasites and dental disease, and the floors in the small area where the puppies were housed were covered in broken glass and pottery."
Const. Heary says the cat that was seized was in serious condition. "Due to severe dental disease the cat was drooling blood and was suffering from tapeworm and other medical issues." The cat is under continued veterinary care and the rest of the animals are being cared for at the Nanaimo & District shelter. The BC SPCA investigation into the case continues and charges of animal cruelty against the breeder are pending.
If you can help the non-profit BC SPCA with the care of these animals please visit spca.bc.ca.
Note: If you would like to take photos or video footage of the animals, please contact Leon Davis, branch manager, BC SPCA Nanaimo & District Branch, at 250-758-8444.
For more information:
Tina Heary, special provincial constable, BC SPCA, 250-616-2669;
Shawn Eccles, chief animal protection officer, BC SPCA, 604-709-4668
The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by
public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the
welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty
investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption
of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal
welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.