Owner of 22 dogs seized speaks out

By Chad Klassen / James Peters
August 19, 2016 - 4:30pm Updated: August 19, 2016 - 5:20pm

KAMLOOPS — Some of the 22 dogs that were seized by the Kamloops RCMP earlier this week are back with the owners. 

Three of the dogs were picked up today from Animal Control by owner Bob Carpenter, who's now telling CFJC Today his side of the story.

Carpenter says on Tuesday evening when the dogs were seized from their Valleyview motel, he noticed police hovering around their van. He moved it and took the dogs out. 

He was ticketed by the RCMP on the grounds of heat and a lack of ventilation. The dogs were eventually seized. But he says they were never in danger.

"These are big windows on the van, and I have four times more ventilation than they call for, and of course it was not hot," says Carpenter. "I go there at 4:20 in the morning. I go there frequently. It's not a time most people are awake, but I want to make sure they're comfortable." 

Once Carpenter picked up the three from Animal Control, he went to the Kamloops SPCA today to get the 19 others./ Carpenter's been told he'll get them back but doesn't know when, as the SPCA continues to assess the dogs. 

"Yeah, so far that's what they've been telling me. I've just been stonewalled a little bit by the SPCA, but they could be legit. I don't know," he says.

Carpenter says he and his wife will stay in Kamloops until they get their dogs back.

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