The BC SPCA’s Cowichan & District Branch is seeking the public’s help to care for eight badly neglected horses seized from a property on Somenos Road on Nov. 26. The horses, along with two llamas and a goat, were taken into SPCA custody after their owner failed to comply with orders issued by BC SPCA cruelty investigators.
“The animals were being kept in unacceptable conditions and were exposed to snow, rain and freezing temperatures without proper shelter,” said BC SPCA special constable Dale Bakken.
“In addition to the issue of shelter, our orders directed the owner to address the animals’ poor water supply and unsanitary living conditions, to improve the quality of feed and to remove injurious objects from the pasture. When he failed to follow through with these changes we applied for a warrant to remove the animals.”
Bakken notes that all of the animals, now in SPCA care, require de-worming, hoof care, ongoing veterinary care and supplemental feed.
Sandi Trent, manager of the Cowichan & District SPCA, said the branch would greatly appreciate donations to help cover the cost of caring for the seized animals. “We are a non-profit organization reliant on donations to carry out our services, including all the costs of our cruelty investigations,” she said. “If anyone is able to provide an early Christmas gift for these animals and can help with their recovery we would be very grateful.”
Donations can be made by calling the branch at 250-746-4646, at the shelter at 7550 Bell-McKinnon Rd. in Duncan, or online.
The BC SPCA conducts nearly 6,000 cruelty investigations a year and is reliant on donations from the public to continue its work. The Heroes Fund for Animal Protection rescues, protects and investigates animal cruelty. Your gift can help bring abusers to justice. Please donate today.
Photo caption: Eight horses, two llamas and a goat were rescued from a property near Cowichan and are now receiving veterinary care and protection while in the custody of the BC SPCA. (Note: the horse pictured above is not one of those rescued. This image is for illustrative purposes only.)
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.