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B.C. SPCA removes dozens of animals from rural property near Lillooet

April 25, 2017 - 10:30 AM

LILLOOET - An ongoing investigation into an alleged puppy breeding operation near Lillooet has led to 24 dogs and six cats being removed by B.C. SPCA constables.

The animals were all suffering from severe neglect, according to a B.C. SPCA media release.

Officials seized 16 dogs and four cats from the remote property earlier this month, and a further eight dogs and two cats were surrendered to SPCA constables this past weekend as part of the investigation.

According to the release, 15 Havanese and Havanese-cross dogs, eight Yorkie-cross dogs and one emaciated Husky cross were taken into SPCA care.

"The dogs were kept in a filthy environment with high levels of ammonia from urine and have serious dental disease and badly matted fur," Kent Kokoska, senior animal protection officer for the B.C. SPCA, says in the release. "Some of the dogs were being kept in a chicken coup filled with chicken and dog feces and one of the dogs and two puppies were being kept in a rodent cage."

Kokoska says the four cats removed from the property were severely matted and living in filthy, hazardous conditions without proper ventilation and light.

All of the animals from the property are being cared for at SPCA facilities in Kamloops and Kelowna.

B.C. SPCA says the investigation continues and charges of animal cruelty may be recommended.

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