The BC SPCA is hoping to send a few horses "home for the holidays" after rescuing another eight horses from a property in Langley last week.
Those horses — four thoroughbreds, two paints, one Quarter and an Arabian — bring to 112 the number of horses the non-profit animal welfare society has taken in since Jan. 1.
The majority of these horses were seized as a result of cruelty complaints. Sixty horses remain in the SPCA's care, 16 of whom are ready for adoption.
Reggie: Fourteen-year-old Clydesdale seized during a cruelty investigation.
"We've got Clydes, Welsh Mountain ponies, Shetland ponies, Arabians, Morgans and of course grade horses," says Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations for the BC SPCA. "Some of them have been through significant ordeals and it's a priority for us to find these wonderful animals suitable, permanent homes."
The eight horses from Langley were underweight and suffering from dental issues, hoof problems and rain scald; they were kept in muddy, manure-filled stalls absent of any food or dry bedding. Investigators obtained a search warrant and seized them from a property in Walnut Grove.
Caring for horses costs the BC SPCA about $500 per horse per month. Moriarty welcomes donations of good quality hay and feed to help reduce those costs, however, the society's ultimate goal is to place the horses in new homes.
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.