Authorities have stepped in to apprehend 13 neglected and starving dogs and puppies in Surrey — and animal cruelty charges are pending.
The B.C. SPCA reported Friday that two adult pit-bull cross dogs, a sixth-month-old pit-bull cross, and 10 two-week-old pit-bull cross puppies are now in their care. The female dog was starving, with her spine and ribs protruding, and the puppies were dehydrated and underweight. The adult male dog was suffering from a large open wound on his front paw.
“In addition to our concerns about the health of the animals, the dogs were living in substandard conditions,” says Eileen Drever, senior animal protection officer for the BC SPCA.
“The female and her puppies were being kept inside the home in a dark room with no ventilation and an overwhelming smell of urine and feces. The two male dogs were outside with no adequate shelter, no access to potable water and surrounded by hazards and debris.”
The adult dogs and puppies are currently receiving veterinary treatment and care in SPCA custody. The investigation continues and charges of animal cruelty are pending.