VANCOUVER — British Columbia SPCA officials have seized close to five dozen animals in various states of distress from a property near Cloverdale last Tuesday.
In all 35 dogs, 16 horses and 6 cats were seized from conditions that left them without proper water, food or shelter. Homes are being sought for the animals.
A woman living on the farm has voluntarily surrendered the dozens of malnourished and neglected animals after an investigation by the BC SPCA. Special constables went in and removed the 57 animals from the acreage after a concerned member of the public made a complaint.
In total there were 35 dogs, including Dalmatians, Golden Retrievers, Pomeranians and other small and medium breeds, six cats and 16 horses, some of which are young ponies. All of the animals were being kept in “substandard living conditions,” without access to proper food, shelter or water. Each is severely malnourished. The horses were also suffering from chipped, cracked and overgrown hooves.
“The silver lining is that they’ve been surrendered so it’s given us more freedom to triage them and we can re-home them as they become healthier,” said Chief Enforcement Officer Marcie Moriarty.
The SPCA has dealt with this woman in the past, but she has a tendency to move properties frequently. The SPCA animal cruelty investigation continues. Moriarty said this may be a combination of animal hoarding and irresponsible breeding.
The BC SPCA is accepting donations to help with the ongoing treatment for the animals and would appreciate it if any help members of the public could help in finding permanent, loving homes for all these wonderful animals. For more information on the animals you can visit spca.bc.ca/adopt. For anyone interested in adopting one of the 16 horses, contact Eileen Drever at email@example.com.