Breaking News: Dogs, cats seized from Shalalth puppy mill

The BC SPCA says 24 dogs and six cats seized from a puppy mill in Shalalth were all suffering from severe neglect.

The agency's constables seized 16 dogs and four cats earlier this month, and an additional eight dogs and two cats were surrendered to the SPCA this past weekend as part of the ongoing investigation.

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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 coop filled with chicken and dog feces, while one dog and two puppies were kept in a rodent cage.

Kokoska says the conditions were filthy, poorly ventilated and with high levels of ammonia from urine; the animals were also suffering from severely matted fur.

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

The cats were also living in filthy and hazardous conditions without proper ventilation or light.

The animals were transported to SPCA facilities in Kamloops and Kelowna, where they are being cared for.

The Kamloops SPCA told the News Apr. 25 that the cats seized by SPCA constables are ready to be adopted in Kamloops, but the dogs will need to gain weight before they can be spayed and neutered and then put up for adoption.

"They have to put on the poundage and be a certain weight before they can survive the surgery," the News was told.

The agency says animal cruelty charges may be recommended against the Shalalth breeder..

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