VANCOUVER – A couple who lives in Metchosin on Vancouver Island has been banned from owning dogs for five years after pleading guilty to animal cruelty.
Dave and Beverly Bickerdike were charged under both the Criminal Code of Canada and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in January after SPCA animal protection officers responded to complaints that the animals in their care were being neglected.
Officer responded to several complaints from members of the public.
During the investigation the SPCA discovered a German shepherd, two poodles and a brown tabby cat in distress on the Bickerdike’s property.
The Bickerdikes were also banned from owning other types of animals for two years and must pay $500 in fines as well as restitution to the SPCA for costs incurred in caring for the seized animals.
“All of the animals required immediate veterinary treatment for untreated problems ranging from serious mobility issues, pain management, severe periodontal disease and skin issues,” said SPCA constable Lynsay Bailey.
One of the poodles had to be humanely euthanized on the advice of a veterinarian as his health deteriorated rapidly. The remaining three animals were cared for at the Victoria SPCA, where they received veterinary care and were adopted into new homes.
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