British Columbia

45 dogs also seized in Langley raid, SPCA confirms

The B.C. SPCA says a total of 88 animals are being assessed after they were seized during a raid on a property in Langley Monday morning.

Woman at property Monday said she was operating an animal rescue centre, and she was doing her best

B.C. SPCA officers seized 45 dogs, 18 cats, 24 farm animals and one turtle from an animal rescue operation in Langley Monday morning. (Jared Thomas/CBC)

The B.C. SPCA says a total of 88 animals are being assessed after they were seized during a raid on a property in Langley Monday morning.

Around 11 a.m. PT, Monday, 10 people from the organization arrived at a property in Langley, and removed dozens of cats and farm animals.

On Tuesday morning the SPCA confirmed 45 dogs found at the property were also seized and removed, along with the 18 cats and 24 farm animals seized on Monday.

"The dogs, which are primarily medium and small-breed dogs, and the cats are being triaged at the Vancouver SPCA shelter and will be assessed to determine on-going treatment," said Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the B.C. SPCA.

"All of the farm animals, which include goats, sheep, hens, roosters, duck, doves, pigeons and a pot-bellied pig, are being treated at the Good Shepherd Barn at BC SPCA's Surrey Branch."

Three dead animals were also found on the property, said Moriarty.

She noted the animals are not part of a puppy or cat mill or breeding situation, but were seized because of emaciation, malnutrition, severe periodontal disease and other medical issues.

There were also concerns about the condition the animals were being housed in, she said.

Sandra Simans successfully sued the B.C. SPCA for defamation after her animals were seized in 2012. (Jared Thomas/CBC)

A woman at the property yesterday said she was operating an animal rescue centre, and she was doing her best to take care of the rescued animals. 

It's the second time Sandra Simans has had her animals seized. In 2012, the SPCA seized 52 dogs and 19 cats from her facility, which was then in Burnaby.

Moriarty said regardless of her intentions, someone should have taken better care of the animals.

"Part of being a responsible rescue group is to take in the number of animals you can adequately care for."

"If an individual or group becomes overwhelmed the BC SPCA is always here to help. But it is not acceptable to take in animals and allow them to continue suffering without proper nutrition, housing or veterinary care."

The B.C. SPCA raided a property in Langley on September 19, 2016. (Jared Thomas/CBC)

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