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Dogs left in van seized from woman traveling through Kamloops

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August 17, 2016 - 11:05 AM

KAMLOOPS - Kamloops bylaw officers seized 19 dogs, including puppies, from a van parked at a local hotel late last night.

RCMP say five full grown Labrador dogs and 14 puppies were found inside the van in a Kamloops hotel parking lot, Aug. 16, after a tip from a citizen.

"The citizen could also hear puppies inside the van however, the windows of the vehicle were all closed and had blinds on them so it was unknown how many dogs in total were inside," Cpl. Jodie Shelkie says in a media release. "There had been no safety measures taken to protect the dogs while they were being transported and the pets did not appear to be in good health."

Bylaw officers attended the scene and seized the dogs, she says.

Shelkie says officers found the owner of the vehicle, a woman from Saskatchewan, and issued her a ticket for transporting animals without protection.

The woman had a previous run in with police in Alberta for a similar offence this year, she says.

No word when or if the animals will be available for adoption.

— This story was updated at 11:47 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, to clarify the dogs are not currently with at the BC SPCA shelter in Kamloops.

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