Dogs, puppies rescued from deplorable conditions in North Okanagan – Vernon News

Dogs, puppies rescued

The BC SPCA has rescued nine dogs from deplorable conditions in a freezing basement.

On Dec. 21 the BC SPCA seized two adult golden retrievers and six puppies, along with a pregnant Australian shepherd, from a property in the North Okanagan.

“The dogs were being kept in substandard conditions and exposed to freezing temperatures,” said statement from the BC SPCA.

When animal protection officers arrived in response to a complaint, they found dogs and puppies in a basement without heat or insulation. The puppies were shivering and huddled for warmth and had no bedding except for some dirty hay.

There was also a build-up of feces and puddles of urine throughout the enclosure. There was a small amount of dog food on the floor, but the only accessible water was dirty and in an unclean bowl.

The puppies were also exposed to numerous injurious objects in the enclosure, including sharp edges of plywood and makeshift fencing used to separate the areas.

In a separate area blocked off by plywood, SPCA constables found the Australian shepherd tethered by a chain to a wall and two more Golden retriever puppies, which were shivering in the freezing temperatures.

Officials also found an outdoor shelter where dogs were being kept which had no bedding or insulation, and no cover from -24C temperatures.

There was a light sprinkling of alfalfa straw on the ground, but not enough to provide any bedding or insulation from the elements.

Inside the shelter, multiple piles of feces were observed and there was no food or water accessible.

The nine dogs and puppies were rushed to a veterinarian for examination and are now in SPCA care. They are not available for adoption at this time.

To donate towards the care of the animals, click here.

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