Dozens of animals saved from 'filthy, unsafe' conditions near Lillooet

By James Peters
April 24, 2017 - 2:16pm Updated: April 24, 2017 - 5:44pm

LILLOOET, B.C. — The BC SPCA says 24 dogs and six cats seized from a puppy mill near Lillooet were all suffering from severe neglect.

The agency's constables seized 20 of the animals earlier this month, and a further ten were surrendered to the SPCA last weekend.

Included in the seizure were 15 Havanese and Havenese-crosses, eight Yorkie-crosses and one emaciated Husky-cross.

BC SPCA Senior Animal Protection Officer Kent Kokoska says some of the dogs were being kept in a chicken coup filled with chicken and dog feces, while other dogs were kept in a rodent cage.

Kokoska says the conditions were filthy and poorly ventilated, and the animals were suffering from severely matted fur.

Some of the dogs are suffering from dental diseases as well.

The animals have been taken to SPCA facilities in Kamloops and Kelowna, where they are being cared for.

The agency says animal cruelty charges may be forthcoming.

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