The BC SPCA says its animal protection officers have removed 12 small dogs in distress from a Vancouver Island breeder due to lack of veterinary care.
According to the organization, four adult dogs and eight three-month-old puppies were seized by protection officers.
The BC SPCA notes that there were additional concerns that the dogs had been exposed to canine parvovirus – described as a highly contagious and potentially deadly virus that causes gastrointestinal illness in dogs.
“In response to a public complaint, our officers attended the property on Feb. 2 and found several concerns, including suspected parvovirus, signs of neurological issues, lameness, eye infections, severe dental disease and ear infections,” says Eileen Drever, senior officer, protection and stakeholder relations for the BC SPCA.
THE BC SPCA says that the seized dogs were Chihuahua crosses, with one Shih Tzu-cross.
Once animal protection officers seized the animals, they were taken to Vancouver Island veterinary facilities for examination and treatment.
The 12 dogs are currently receiving ongoing care at the BC SPCA in Victoria, according to the organization.
Additionally, the BC SPCA says the pregnant females and mothers with pups will be transferred to foster homes.
At this time, there are very few details about the incident or the breeder, however, an investigation is ongoing.
The BC SPCA says the dogs are not available for adoption at this time.