The BC SPCA has confirmed that 45 dogs were also seized from that property in Langley yesterday.
In all the SPCA removed 88 animals.
That included the 45 dogs, 18 cats and 24 farm animals and one turtle.
Those dogs are still in the recovery process at the SPCA’s shelter in Vancouver where they remain in care.
The woman who owns the property where the animals were seized has reportedly defended it as an animal rescue centre.
That’s something the SPCA’s Marcie Moriarty says doesn’t matter if animals are found to be mistreated.
“Whatever she’s self-described as, a rescue/shelter, taking in an animal means that you also have to be able to provide for that animal.”
“The problem happens when you take animals in that need care, and aren’t able to provide that care, that it becomes a challenge.”
Three dead animals were also found on the property.
The warrant was executed by the BC SPCA constables on September 19.
“We received a complaint about animals in distress on this property and obtained a warrant to view the animals,” reads a statement from Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA.
Moriarty says the animals were not part of a puppy/cat mill situation but were seized because of emaciation, malnourishment, and other medical issues.
“Part of being a responsible rescue group is to take in the number of animals you can adequately care for. If an individual or group becomes overwhelmed the BC SPCA is always here to help. But it is not acceptable to take in animals and allow them to continue suffering without proper nutrition, housing or veterinary care,” read part of the statement by Moriarty.
The dogs and cats are receiving treatment at the Vancouver SPCA shelter. All of the farm animals, which include goats, sheep, hens, and roosters, are being treated at the Good Shepherd Barn at the BC SPCA’s Surrey Branch.