BC SPCA seizes 27 horses as part of Langley animal cruelty case

Jan 28 2019, 7:07 pm

The BC SPCA is seeking help to provide continuing care – and find new homes – for a large number of horses seized in a cruelty investigation last month.

The investigation began on December 15, when 27 neglected horses were rescued from a Langley property.

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Investigators said all the  horses were suffering from lack of nutrition, lice infestation, overgrown hooves, and a skin condition called rainscald, due to inadequate shelter and lack of access to water. They also noted that the animals were living in unsanitary and muddy pastures and paddocks with hazardous objects strewn about.

The BC SPCA said that since the rescue, its staff and volunteers “have been working tirelessly” to provide initial medical care and help for the horses while legal custody was being resolved.

“Now that the SPCA has full legal ownership of the animals we can move forward to find loving homes for those ready for adoption, and to provide continued care for some who need on-going treatment,” said Const. Eileen Driver. “These horses have been through a lot. Some have emotional and physical scars that will take time to heal.”

The cost of intake for the 27 horses and their medical treatment and care to date exceeds $30,000.

“We know that some of these horses will be in our care for quite a while, and we want to make sure they have everything they need for a better life,” said Drever. “They deserve to be safe and cared for.”

The BC SPCA investigation into the case continues. Those who would like to donate or adopt the animals are asked to contact the BC SPCA at (604) 574-1171.

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