News

SPCA recommends charges against dog walker

Langley RCMP have confirmed that the six dogs originally reported stolen were found near the intersection of Dixon and Campbell Roads on Sumas Prairie. - Google street view
Langley RCMP have confirmed that the six dogs originally reported stolen were found near the intersection of Dixon and Campbell Roads on Sumas Prairie.
— image credit: Google street view

The B.C. SPCA is recommending animal cruelty charges against a Lower Mainland dog walker after six dogs died in her care on May 13.

The dogs' bodies were found in a rural Abbotsford ditch on Sumas Prairie, near the corner of Dixon Road and Campbell Road.

The animals were initially reported stolen by the dog walker, but on May 18, she admitted that they had died after being left in her vehicle on a hot day, according to a B.C. SPCA press release.

Lorie Chortyk, spokesperson for the BC SPCA, said after that information was shared with police and the animals were confirmed dead, the file was handed over to the BC SPCA, as they are the lead investigation and enforcement agency for animal cruelty cases.

The bodies were taken last Tuesday to a medical lab to undergo necropsies.

She said people must be aware of  the dangers of leaving animals in vehicles. Chortyk said many people don’t realize that as little as 10 minutes in a warm vehicle, even with windows open, can be fatal to animals.

“We really hope that from this tragedy, there comes an awareness.”

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

B.C. Muslim Association speaks out on gunman
 
The Reptile Guy hosts haunted house
 
BC Hydro rates going up 28% over five years
Trick-or-treaters became sick after eating pot brownie
 
Icy 16 Avenue closed after dump truck crash
 
Homeless housing rezoning will move to public hearing
Downtown march of carnage
 
Maple Ridge man charged with break-and-enter, theft
 
South Burnaby streets shut down by suicide threat

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.