British Columbia

Dogs found in 'horrific living conditions' seized by B.C. SPCA

The B.C. SPCA has removed 30 animals from a puppy breeding operation in Lillooet, B.C.

24 small dogs and puppies along with 6 cats removed from puppy breeding operation in Lillooet

The dogs taken in include 15 Havanese and Havanese-cross dogs, eight Yorkie-cross dogs and one emaciated husky cross. (B.C. SPCA)

The B.C. SPCA has removed two dozen small dogs and puppies along with six cats from a puppy breeding operation near Lillooet, B.C., after a tip came in that the animals were suffering from severe neglect. 

"The dogs were found in really horrific living conditions, just filthy," said Lorie Chortyk, with the B.C. SPCA.

Some of the dogs were being kept in chicken coops filled with chicken and dog feces, while another dog and two puppies were being kept in a rodent cage. 

Some of the dogs were being kept in chicken coops or rodent cages. (B.C. SPCA)
The Kelowna and Kamloops branches of the B.C. SPCA are taking care of the dogs. (B.C. SPCA)

The dogs' breeds ranged from 15 Havanese and Havanese-cross dogs, eight Yorkie-cross dogs and one emaciated Husky cross. 

B.C. SPCA officers seized 20 of the animals on April 5. The rest were surrendered this past weekend as part of the ongoing investigation. 

The animals are being cared for at the B.C. SPCA's Kelowna and Kamloops branches. 

The agency is recommending charges of animal cruelty and is asking people to do their research when looking to buy a pet. 

"Unfortunately, there are people who make their living, their profits from animal cruelty and if there is no market for it, then there won't be this kind of cruelty going on," she said. 

Chortyk asks that people not buy pets online and that they visit the place where the animals are being kept. 

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