CHILLIWACK (NEWS 1130) — The SPCA is looking for homes for four dogs found living in squalid, unsafe conditions in a Maple Ridge backyard.
“These neglected dogs had been living in their own feces and urine among hazardous debris and garbage on a property in Maple Ridge,” says a release from the SPCA, adding the dogs had nowhere warm or dry to sleep and the property was strewn with scrap metal.
The “backyard breeder” has surrendered four one-year-old shepherd breed dogs after an investigation, sparked by complaints made by people who had adopted puppies from the property.
“The callers claimed the puppies were extremely ill, had been vomiting worms and needed emergency vet care. They were concerned for the welfare of the other dogs on the property,” according to the SPCA.
The four female dogs are named Reena, Zilky, Lilou, and Pasanya.
“It broke my heart to see such a friendly and beautiful dog tethered in the mud with no clean dry place to lay down,” says animal protection officer Christine Carey. “I simply cannot imagine how someone could walk by Reena every day and ignore the wagging tail, desperate for some attention.”
The dogs are being treated for infections borne of neglect, and one may require surgery.
Information on how to adopt a dog from the BC SPCA can be found here.