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BC SPCA seizes 26 Great Danes in cruelty investigation near Kamloops

July 16, 2009. For immediate release.

BC SPCA special constables have seized 26 Great Danes and six cats from a property south of Kamloops. The 10 adult dogs and 16 puppies were in varying degrees of distress and were suffering from a range of untreated medical conditions.

"The living conditions were completely unacceptable and well below minimum standards of care," says BC SPCA cruelty investigator Jamie Wiltse. "Their entire living area was covered in feces, animal vomit, urine and garbage. The smell of urine and waste was so strong that investigators had to leave the area several times for fresh air, despite wearing masks."

The dogs were suffering from eye and ear infections, internal parasites, stomach ailments and diarrhea. "They were also poorly groomed and several were limping," says Const. Wiltse. The cats were dirty and suffering from ear infections.

The animals are currently in BC SPCA custody and under the care of a veterinarian. They are not available for adoption at this time, pending legal action.

The BC SPCA investigation continues and charges of animal cruelty are expected to the laid in the case.

The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization which depends primarily on donations to carry out cruelty investigations and to provide care for nearly 40,000 abused, injured, neglected and abandoned animals each year. If you can help, please visit for details.

For more information:

Const. Jamie Wiltse, 250-571-0897;

Kathy Woodward, senior animal protection officer, 250-878-5022;

Shawn Eccles, chief animal protection officer, 604-709-4668;

Lorie Chortyk, general manager, community relations, 604-647-1316.


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.

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