The BC SPCA has seized 97 neglected animals from a property in Princeton, BC.
According to the organization, after receiving a complaint about the animals being in distress, animal protection officers executed a warrant and removed 43 puppies, 24 adult and senior dogs, 27 horses, and three cats from the property on September 23.
The breeds of the dogs and puppies include Dalmatians, Corgis, Great Pyrenees, King Charles spaniels, Yorkies, Maltese, Poodles, and Australian cattle dogs. The SPCA says one of the puppy litters is being treated for possible distemper and another litter is receiving treatment for medical issues.
Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA, described the animals as “living in an extremely poor environment, with lack of shelter, unsanitary living conditions, overcrowding, poor ventilation and were exposed to injurious objects.”
She said that some of the animals were tied to short chains with no access to water and that “many of the animals are underweight or emaciated.”
The dogs, puppies, and cats are currently receiving care at the BC SPCA facilities in Kelowna and Penticton and some of the animals could be transported to the Lower Mainland.
Moriarty said two of the horses may have to be euthanized as they are currently in poor condition.
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She added that the owner of the animals is known to the BC SPCA and that the organization has had “dealings with this individual before and have seized numerous animals from her.”
“It is extremely frustrating because she frequently moves between properties and is known to hide animals from authorities,” she stated.
The seized animals are not currently available for adoption. BC SPCA staff is working diligently to support the animals’ care. Ongoing veterinary care is being provided at SPCA facilities and foster homes. The SPCA says donations are currently needed in order to support medical costs.