44 animals found in ‘shockingly unsanitary conditions’ taken in BC SPCA care

44 animals found in 'shockingly unsanitary conditions' taken in BC SPCA care
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Left shows the animals being taken off a boat after being transported to Nanaimo. Right shows three of the dogs in the SPCA's care.

The BC SPCA has taken forty-four dogs and cats after they were found in “shockingly unsanitary conditions” in a community off the coast of Vancouver Island.

The BC SPCA says there were 37 small breed dogs and five cats seized. The dogs included two moms with seven puppies, two Bernedoodles, Havanese, Papillons, poodles and Pomeranian mixes.

The animals were found living in a home with feces, urine and garbage.

“The home where the 44 animals were living was so bad you could smell the feces before you entered,” Eileen Drever, senior officer protection and stakeholder relations for the BC SPCA said in a news release.

“When the animal protection officers entered the home, they discovered the main floor was covered in what can only be described as a carpet of feces and there were incredible amounts of garbage in many of the rooms.”

“There was no visible food or water for them. The home had no running water at all.”

One of the litters of puppies are two puppies that are around three weeks old, and the other is five puppies around six weeks old.

All the animals are currently under the care of a veterinarian.

Drever says all of the animals were very dirty and smelled of feces and urine. Additionally, many the dogs that have already been examined are extremely emaciated with evidence of dental disease.

“Their paws were urine stained and they had overgrown nails,” Drever said. “A number of the dogs were fearful, but after a night in the animal centre, they were excited to see BC SPCA staff.”

The SPCA says it is unknown when the dogs and cats may be available for adoption.

To help care for these animals, as well as many others, the SPCA is seeking donations. For Giving Tuesday, Eileen & Anna (in honour of Rogue, Jaide & Leo), the Eldon & Anne Foote Fund at the Edmonton Community Foundation and an anonymous donor will be matching donations up to $125,000.


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