September 19, 2016 6:47 pm
Updated: September 20, 2016 10:21 pm

BC SPCA seizes 88 animals in Langley

WATCH: No fewer than 88 dogs, cats and farm animals were taken away from a Langley property on Monday. The owner of the farm says the raid was unwarranted, but the SPCA is standing by its action. Catherine Urquhart reports.


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The BC SPCA has now removed 88 animals from a property in Langley.

The 45 dogs, 18 cats and 24 farm animals and one turtle were seized. Three dead animals were also found on the property.

Chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA Marcie Moriarty says they received a complaint about animals in distress on the property and obtained a warrant.

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“Our constables and a community veterinarian attended the property and, based on their assessment, we removed a total of 88 animals who met the definition of distress under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and who required immediate care,” said Moriarty.

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

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

WATCH BELOW: Dozens of animals have been seized by the SPCA from a farm in Langley. The organization says the animals are suffering from malnutrition and other medical issues. But as Catherine Urquhart reports, the farm’s owner is fighting back.

Moriarty says the animals needed immediate help, and one of the dogs was in a state of critical distress when found by SPCA animal protection officers.

The dogs and cats seized are being triaged at the Vancouver SPCA shelter and will be assessed to determine on-going treatment. 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.


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