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Dogs seized from van parked in Kamloops returned to owner

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August 19, 2016 - 8:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - Nearly two dozen dogs have been returned to their owner after a stopover with Kamloops animal control.

The 22 dogs, seized by bylaw officers earlier this week, were returned to their owner this morning, Aug. 19, city bylaw manager Jon Wilson says.

“We were directed by the RCMP to return the dogs to the owner,” Wilson says. “The dogs belong to the owner, we don’t have grounds to hold the dogs.”

The city ended up with the six adult Labradors and 16 puppies after police were tipped off that a large number of dogs were in a van parked at a Kamloops hotel. The dogs were seized by city bylaw officers, who moved them to the animal control centre that evening. Originally the police reported 19 dogs had been seized.

The puppies and some of the adult females, including one who is about to have a litter, were moved to a B.C. SPCA facility temporarily for safe keeping, Wilson says. B.C. SPCA staff also checked out all the dogs for any sort of medical issues.

“They were healthy; not in distress,” Wilson says.

The B.C. SPCA did issue a notice to the owner of the dogs to make sure they were given proper exercise and ventilation while travelling.

The owner, a woman from Saskatchewan, was travelling through Kamloops when the dogs were seized, according to the original police press release. Wilson believes that is still the case.

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