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10 animals seized from B.C. home after owners left before COVID-19 pandemic

Neglected and abandoned animals rescued inside a Richmond home
Several animals were found neglected inside a home in Richmond. The dogs and cats were found in abhorrent conditions because the homeowners were unable to get back to Canada to care for their pets. The Regional Animal Protection Society has now taken the animals into its care.

Animal welfare officials seized 10 animals on Saturday in a case of shocking animal neglect in Richmond, B.C.

Eight cats and two dogs were seized from a home on Williams Road.

The owners had left the country before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and handed their pets’ care to friends or family.

However, while it appeared the animals were being fed, the home was not being cleaned.

Officials tell Global News there were animal feces everywhere in the home.

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The conditions inside the Richmond B.C. home. Courtesy: Regional Animal Protection Society.
The conditions inside the Richmond B.C. home. Courtesy: Regional Animal Protection Society.
The conditions inside the Richmond B.C. home. Courtesy: Regional Animal Protection Society.
The conditions inside the Richmond B.C. home. Courtesy: Regional Animal Protection Society.
The conditions inside the Richmond B.C. home. Courtesy: Regional Animal Protection Society.
The conditions inside the Richmond B.C. home. Courtesy: Regional Animal Protection Society. Courtesy: Regional Animal Protection Society
The conditions inside the Richmond B.C. home. Courtesy: Regional Animal Protection Society.
The conditions inside the Richmond B.C. home. Courtesy: Regional Animal Protection Society.
The conditions inside the Richmond B.C. home. Courtesy: Regional Animal Protection Society.
The conditions inside the Richmond B.C. home. Courtesy: Regional Animal Protection Society.
The conditions inside the Richmond B.C. home. Courtesy: Regional Animal Protection Society.
The conditions inside the Richmond B.C. home. Courtesy: Regional Animal Protection Society.

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The six cats, two kittens and two small poodle-like dogs have now been taken to the Richmond Animal Shelter.

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The animals are said to be in relatively good health considering, but some have matted fur and fleas.

“We were notified by the neighbours about this situation and thank God for that,” Eyal Lichtmann with the Regional Animal Protection Society told Global News.

“We advised anybody out there to please notify us. People can’t get home because of this (COVID-19) situation. These animals shouldn’t be left or neglected because of that.”