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SPCA seizes 20 small dogs from Chilliwack breeder

Scott Brown

The B.C. SPCA is caring for 20 small-breed dogs and puppies after executing a search warrant on a Chilliwack property. (SPCA)

The B.C. SPCA is caring for 20 small-breed dogs and puppies after executing a search warrant on a Chilliwack property. (SPCA)

The B.C. SPCA is caring for 20 small-breed dogs and puppies after executing a search warrant at a Chilliwack breeding operation.

Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the B.C. SPCA, says the badly neglected dogs were living in areas with high ammonia levels, were soaked in urine, with long nails and badly matted fur.

“The dogs were all small, popular breeds that can be brokered easily — Maltese-yorkie crosses, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Papillion and Pekingese,” said Moriarty. “Many were puppies, ranging in age from one day old to six months.”

Most of the older dogs will require extensive dental surgery, the SPCA said.

Moriarty says this investigation highlights why recent legislation, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, which enables the regulation of dog and cat breeding in B.C. is essential.

“We were able to intervene as soon as we became aware of this situation, but without regulations in this industry, substandard breeders who are not reported continue to operate and the animals are the ones who suffer," she said.

The dogs and puppies seized from the Chilliwack breeder are undergoing veterinary treatment. They are being cared for in SPCA foster homes and at various SPCA locations in the Lower Mainland but are not available for adoption at this time.

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