Langley puppy mill bust one of largest in BC’s history

seized-puppy-mill-dogThursday, February 4, 2016 – BC SPCA has just undertaken one of the largest puppy mill busts in the history of the province. The organization seized 66 dogs from a disreputable breeder operating in Langley, BC on Feb 4. The 32 adult dogs and 34 puppies were in terrible shape – several were missing eyes or ears and had fur that was matted with urine and feces. The BC SPCA says that nursing these dogs back to health will costs tens of thousands of dollars.

The puppy mill business is a lucrative one, and it’s our moral obligation to ensure we’re not supporting disreputable breeders. This particular couple in Langley was selling puppies for $1000 each, and one woman who bought a puppy from them reports that she has already spent more than $2000 on vet bills because the puppy’s health is so poor thanks to irresponsible breeding and neglect.

At CFHS, our motto is Choose Adoption. The only way to ensure you’re not supporting a puppy mill is to adopt an animal from a humane society or SPCA. If you plan to buy a dog instead, make sure you choose a reputable and responsible breeder. Take the time to visit the breeding operation and ask to see not just the puppies, but the breeding pair, as well. CLICK HERE to read over our checklist of questions to ask breeders before committing to a puppy.

Emaciated husky Willow finds forever home

Willow, the emaciated husky found on the side of the road in British Columbia, has found her forever home.

Willow was found extremely underweight. There were rocks and soil in her stomach.

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Volunteers help reserve strays

Rez dogsStray dogs can be a problem in rural reserve areas. A new volunteer group is helping stray dogs on reserves find homes.

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Puppies, pregnant dogs seized in sub-zero weather

omhs seizureNearly 40 neglected animals were recovered from sub-zero temperatures on a rural Milton, ON property. An anonymous tip led the Oakville Milton Humane Society seizure, which includes day-old puppies and a number of full-term pregnant Beagles. The OMHS has called the situation a puppy mill.

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Anti-poaching pooches protect rhinos

poaching poochSniffer dogs are trained to detect contraband wildlife in African parks, helping stop poachers in their tracks.

Learn more about these canine cops.

Strong sentence for B.C. dog walker

paulsenB.C. dog walker Emma Paulsen has been sentenced to six months in jail, with a ban on owning animals for ten years, and a lifetime ban on caring for animals belonging to others.

Paulsen pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and neglect after six dogs in her care died after she left them in her hot truck.

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Therapy dog comforting in court

HawkTherapy dog Hawk is providing emotional support to two children testifying in a sexual abuse case in court.

This court companion is a Canadian first.

Read more about Hawk’s court companionship here.

“Top Dog” store peddling puppies, despite criticism

A new pet store peddling puppies has opened in Calgary to criticism.

topdogThe owner of the Top Dog Store claims to source his dogs from reputable breeders.

Critics say pups for sale encourages impulse purchases,  and the majority of the public does not support the sale of animals in stores.

Many major pet stores in Canada are partnering with rescue groups, humane societies, and SPCAs to host satellite adoption centres instead of selling pets.

Read the full story here.

Health and a home for senior rescue “Biggy”

biggy-350Senior Shar-Pei Biggy came to the British Columbia SPCA with a cantaloupe-sized tumor hanging from his neck.

The BC SPCA successfully raised funds for his surgery. He is now healthy and happy.

Happily, Biggy has been adopted and will live the rest of his life with his forever family.

Here’s the story.

World Animal Day – let’s end puppy mills!

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies celebrated World Animal Day on October 4th by spreading the word about puppy mills.

CEO Barbara Cartwright reminded Canadians buying a puppy from a store supports cruel puppy mills.

Read the full post on the Huffington Post blog.

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