Last Tuesday, over five dozen animals were seized from a property outside of Cloverdale in British Columbia. British Columbia SPCA officials found 35 dogs, 16 horses and 6 cats at the farm which held them in conditions that left them without proper water, food or shelter. Homes are now being sought for the rescued animals.
After a complaint was issued to the British Columbia SPCA by a neighbouring farm, an investigation was launched into the small farm outside of Cloverdale that resulted in the woman living there voluntary surrendering 57 malnourished and neglected animals. Special constables removed 35 dogs that included Dalmatians, Golden Retrievers and Pomeranians, 6 cats and 16 horses, some of which were young ponies. All animals were severely malnourished with the horse also suffering from chipped, cracked and overgrown hooves.
Chief Enforcement Officer Marcie Moriarty tried to find the bright side to this hoarder situation in her statement, "The silver lining is that they’ve been surrendered so it’s given us more freedom to triage them and we can re-home them as they become healthier.”
The SPCA has had similar hoarding situations with the owner of the property before, but have found it hard to keep track of her as she moves frequently. The SPCA animal cruelty investigators believe that this situation and the other similar ones that the woman has been in are a combination of both animal hoarding and irresponsible breeding.
For now, all the British Colombia SPCA can do is treat the animals and try their hardest to keep tabs on the woman to see that she is not taking possession of any more animals. The animals are already well on their way to good health and will all be available to good homes in the coming weeks.