Chilliwack/Vancouver – The BC SPCA is caring for 20 small-breed dogs and puppies after executing a search warrant on a Chilliwack property. The badly neglected dogs were part of a breeding operation that sold puppies for profit through local brokers.
“The dogs were all small, popular breeds that can be brokered easily – Maltese-yorkie crosses, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Papillion and Pekingese,” says Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA.
“Many were puppies, ranging in age from one day old to six months.” Moriarty says the dogs were living in areas with high ammonia levels, were soaked in urine, with long nails and badly matted fur. Most of the older dogs will require extensive dental surgery.
The dogs and puppies seized from the Chilliwack breeder have since been voluntarily surrendered and are undergoing veterinary treatment. They are being cared for in SPCA foster homes and at various SPCA locations in the Lower Mainland.
Moriarty says this investigation highlights why new legislation that was passed this spring to enable regulation of dog and cat breeding in B.C. is essential. “
Moriarty says the BC SPCA is looking forward to working further with government on the development of the regulations that will support the new breeder legislation.
Chilliwack Dog Show handler Dawn Shannon told FVN: When are these people going to realize that breeding dogs is not a money maker.. they need medical care, clean living environments,love, grooming, good food, play time, social interaction, and so much more.. they can not look after themselves!!!! We are to do that for them. They are children like and need to be treated as one.. their health and well being is to come first..” Breeding dogs is not a money maker ” It kills me when people think you do !!! and then to have animals abused in any sense of the word is just out right criminal.