In Williams Lake, the B.C. SPCA seized 46 neglected dogs ranging in ages from puppies to adults. The breeds include American Eskimo, border collie, husky and Samoyed crosses.
According to the organization’s newsletter, Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA, says the dogs are highly unsocialized and fearful.
“The dogs were seized because of lack of shelter, poor sanitation and inadequate veterinary care and are now in care in several SPCA shelters. They are on a long road to recovery, adoption wouldn’t be for some time,” Moriarty stated. “These dogs are terrified of human contact but we are doing everything we can to address their psychological distress through anti-anxiety medication and other treatments. At this initial stage we’re focusing on reducing their emotion distress to the point where they can eat and drink and we will move forward step by step from there.”
The dogs are scared of human contact and will likely need specialized foster and permanent homes. A SPCA veterinary specialist in behavior will be working with the dogs, but it is unclear if some of the dogs will ever accept close human contact. At this point, it is unknown where the dogs are being treated, but when some are ready for adoption, they will be at the shelters in Kamloops and Okanagan.
Moriarty says the BC SPCA will be recommending animal cruelty charges to Crown counsel in the case.
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(Photos of 46 neglected dogs via B.C. SPCA)
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