A Surrey Kennel where 82 animals were seized back in February may be operating again.
B.C. SPCA chief enforcement officer Marcie Moriarty says the SPCA received two complaints that kennel-owner Ivy Zhou is back in business.
Moriarty says dogs, cats, and farm animals are back in Zhou’s care.
“We did send out constables and I can confirm she was issued with orders concerning some of the animals in her care and given a time to comply. I can’t comment as to whether she’s operating a business when she shouldn’t be.”
She adds it’s up to the city of Surrey to look into whether or not Zhou will be issued a new business license.
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But adds officers have visited Zhou’s property and have issued orders.
“In this particular case she was given notices of what that distress was of specific animals and what she needed to do and what time line.”
Charges relating to animal cruelty have been recommended, but have yet to be approved by crown counsel.
Sixty-seven cats and 15 dogs were seized back in February.
Moriarty says only a judge could impose a ban if Zhou is convicted of animal cruelty.
Surrey bylaw manager Jas Rehal says the city revoked Zhou’s business License in February.
But if Zhou re-applied for a new one now, the city would not look at the application until the SPCA’s investigation is done pending crown approves her charges and that matter is resolved.
CKNW has reached out to Zhou for comment.