Officers seize 16 animals in Clearwater
January 28, 2010
BC SPCA special constables have seized 10 cats and six dogs from a residence in Clearwater, following an animal cruelty investigation.
"When we attended the property in response to a complaint, we found animals living in a filthy, dark shack," said senior animal protection officer Kent Kokoska. "There was a strong stench of ammonia from the build-up of urine and most of the surfaces with covered in fecal matter and dirt." The cats and dogs were suffering from a wide range of untreated injuries and medical conditions, including open wounds, tumours, dental disease, skin conditions, upper respiratory infection, parasites and diarrhea.
"When the owner failed to comply with SPCA orders to seek immediate veterinary care for the animals and to improve their living conditions a warrant was obtained," said Kokoska. The animals are now receiving veterinary treatment and ongoing care in SPCA custody.
The investigation continues and charges of animal cruelty are pending.
The BC SPCA conducts nearly 4,800 cruelty investigations a year and is reliant on donations from the public to continue its work. To report animal cruelty, find out more about the BC SPCA or pledge your support, visit spca.bc.ca.
For more information and photos, read our full press release.
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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