The BC SPCA is recommending charges be laid under the PCA Act and Criminal Code of Canada in a cruelty case involving a female
lab-cross and her puppies.
The animals came into the BC SPCA’s care over the weekend when a
badly emaciated dog wearing a heavy chain around her neck caught
the attention of a group of concerned campers at a Lake Errock
campground on Saturday.
One of the campers called the BC SPCA Maple Ridge Branch. A constable met with the group and retrieved the animal. The
campers had removed the thirteen-pound chain from the frail dog’s neck,
which was missing a significant amount of hair where the chain had
rubbed the skin. “Ruby” was also suffering from open sores and numerous
During transport Ruby excreted shreds of fabric she had eaten
earlier to stave off her hunger.
Photo caption: Ruby and her puppies are recuperating at the BC SPCA Abbotsford Branch.
Further investigation revealed Ruby belonged to a couple at a nearby
residence and that she had recently given birth to a litter of seven
six-week-old pups. Four of the pups, also emaciated and infested with
parasites and fleas, were located back at the campground. The constable
gathered up the puppies, whom some campers had taken, advising them that
the pups needed immediate medical attention and were too young to be
separated from their mother. The other three puppies had been given away
to passersby in the vicinity of the campground.
The mother and pups are currently in the care of the BC SPCA Abbotsford Branch, where they are receiving medical attention.
The BC SPCA conducts nearly 7,000
cruelty investigations a year and is reliant on donations from the public to
continue its work. Your gift can help rescue and protect animals in need and bring abusers to justice. Please donate today.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.