The BC SPCA is investigating a case where a dog allegedly lost more than 30 pounds over three weeks at a Richmond kennel.
In a Facebook post the dog’s owner, Matt Devries, says he left his Great Dane ‘Apollo’ at Richmond kennel ‘BC Canine’ while he was on vacation for training, and says when he came back he immediately took his best friend to the vet.
He alleges his dog was abused.
President Phil Moriarity says he doesn’t blame Devries for being upset, but they did everything they could.
He says Apollo wasn’t adjusting to the food they had to provide, because Devries never supplied them with Apollo’s regular food like they’d asked him to.
They took Apollo to their own vet, after not being able to get in touch with Devries by both e-mail and the phone number he provided to tell him about Apollo’s condition.
“One of our other girls had notified one of the other contacts on his list, and she was able to get a hold of him, so he called our vet while the dog was still there, and advised the vet not to do anything.”
Moriarity says he only charged Devries for half of Apollo’s training and nothing else.
He says all of the animals at his kennel are checked by staff hourly, and they make notes on any changes in condition.
Moriarty adds he’s tried to get in touch with the SPCA, but they were closed when he tried to call.
He says they’ve been getting harassing phone calls ever since the Facebook post went up, some more ‘temperate’ than others.
Owner speaking out
We’re now hearing from the dog owner who alleges his Great Dane, Apollo, was neglected and abused at a Richmond Kennel.
Matt Devries says Apollo lost 30 pounds in the three weeks he was away.
“They never asked me to, and when I went there, I talk to them and they said they had food that they supplied for a price and they said ‘OK’, no problem, and if there’s any issue, my mom lives 15 minutes away and she’ll be happy to drop it off.”
Moriarty says the vet prescribed specialty food and medication, which the dog was responding to when the owner arrived.
But Devries says he should have got a phone call from the moment Apollo showed signs of weight loss or sickness.
“If he wasn’t eating because he was depressed or he missed me, they should have contacted my mother within two days, if he wasn’t eating the correct diet, they should have contacted me the next day when he wasn’t eating his food.”
He says he has phone records to show, he was not contacted once during Apollo’s stay at the kennel.
With files from Emily Lazatin