When we read about animal protection agencies seizing large numbers of dogs it usually involves puppy mills, but a raid this week on a Victoria home had more to do with hoarding.
The B.C. SPCA said its constables had removed 45 miniature poodle-bichon frise cross dogs from a suburban Brentwood Bay residence.
CTV News reported that one of the dogs was found dead. In all, the SPCA rescued nine puppies and 35 adult dogs.
The officers went in Wednesday after the owner ignored orders to reduce the number of animals in the home.
“This individual is not a typical breeder although puppies were occasionally sold to the public,” SPCA spokeswoman Lorie Chortyk said in a news release.
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“In this case the person hoarded animals and allowed them to breed unchecked in the home. The number had escalated to the point where the animals were not getting adequate care and the living conditions jeopardized the welfare and safety of the animals.”
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