While the BC SPCA is grateful for the outpouring of support and donations after they rescued 66 dogs from a Langley puppy mill on Tuesday, they are now looking specifically for financial donations.
“The cost are about $75,000 right now for their veterinary costs, but that may go up as the treatment goes on.”
“We’re so grateful for any financial donation that people could give to their medical care.”
Lorie Chornyk of the SPCA says the dogs need extensive veterinary care and socialization before they able to be adopted.
“[We’re seeing] broken limbs, missing eyes and ears, and many are very, very unsocialized because they’ve just been kept in cages. They have a whole range of issues, and we want to make sure that they are all fully healthy before they go up for adoption.”
“With these donations, we’re really hopeful that we’ll get them healthy and available for adoption as quickly as possible.”
The Vancouver Canucks are also organizing a funding drive for the SPCA before their game tonight.
Time to re-consider breeding standards?
The puppy mill bust also has some legislators thinking of ways to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
MLA Jane Thornthwaite is already meeting with key stakeholders to see how government can improve animal care standards.
“If we can assist the SPCA, the veterinarians, and reputable breeders with some sort of guidance or standards of care, then government is interested in doing that.”
Thorntwaite says it’s also a consumer protection issue.
“If you’re buying an animal from a non-reputable breeder, then a lot of times what can happen is the animal becomes sick and sometimes has to be put down. So it’s also a consumer awareness and buyer protection measure issue.”
The MLA is meeting with stakeholders to see if government regulations can be put in place to prevent such large scale abuses from happening in future.
Thornthwaite initially introduce a private member’s bill two years ago, but it did not get past second reading because the election was called.