A charge of animal cruelty has been laid against the operator of a Surrey breeding and boarding facility.
Xin (Ivy) Zhou is charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act following an SPCA investigation.
In February, 82 animals in distress, were seized from Zhou’s property on Colebrook Road.
A total of 67 cats and 15 dogs were seized.
“We do have a history dating back to 2012, we’ve executed three or more warrants on her property and removed animals and so we’re very pleased that finally charges have been approved,” says Marcie Moriarty is chief enforcement and prevention officer with the SPCA.
Moriarty says the fact that this case ended up with a charge is crucial.
“Well, we’re seeing more and more often that in these types of situations, especially involving repeat offenders. That we are seeing charges accepted and in this case, in my opinion, it’s exceptionally important.”
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She says the rescued animals needed months of treatment and have since been adopted into loving homes.
“We have a very high success rate when it comes to convictions the challenge isn’t getting charges approved and that’s not based on the merit of the case it’s simply the volume that crown has to deal with.”
However, some of the seized animals had to be euthanized because of their poor condition.
Zhou could face a maximum fine of $75,000, two years in jail, and up to a lifetime ban owning animals.