SPCA seizes 74 farm animals from property near Barriere

By Greg Fry
December 14, 2017 - 12:20pm Updated: December 14, 2017 - 4:44pm

KAMLOOPS — The BC SPCA has seized 74 farm animals from a rural property in the Barriere area.

The animals included 31 sheep, 19 piglets, 12 chickens, seven pigs, four goats, and a rooster. The seizure took place on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Senior Animal Protection Officer Kathy Woodward says "the animals were living in very substandard conditions, with lack of adequate shelter, water or food."

"The majority of animals were underweight, they had little or no protection from the cold or damp and were living in pasture areas strewn with injurious objects."

She adds one of the animals was suffering from an untreated broken leg.

The animals are now being housed in foster homes in the Kamloops area. Donations to treat them are being accepted at spca.bc.ca/support.

If you'd like to learn more about adopting one of the farm animals, call Woodward at (250) 878-5022 or email her at kwoodward@spca.bc.ca.

Woodward says the SPCA will be recommending charges under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and under the Criminal Code.

The farm owner or owners have yet to be identified.

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