16 dogs in distress were seized from a property in Quesnel over the long weekend from a mother and daughter who are well known to the SPCA.
Chief prevention and enforcement officer Marcie Moriarty says Karin and Catherine Adams have not only both been convicted of animal cruelty in B.C but Alberta as well.
She calls it extremely troubling to see them back again accumulating animals contrary to their ban.
“Some of them were in crates that were too small for their size, in poorly ventilated areas, little access to water, feces/urine soaked matting. So all of them were removed and are being looked after in our shelters,” says Moriarty of the dogs that include German shepherds, a Yorkshire terrier, a retriever, bull terriers, standard poodles, Portuguese water dogs, a Pekingese, corgi-border collie crosses and miniature pinschers.
“We absolutely again will be recommending charges against these individuals, and hopefully, finally they’ll get the point that they are not allowed to have animals and are not capable of having them.”
Karin and Catherine Adams were convicted of animal cruelty following an SPCA investigation in 2015 and their sentence included a 20-year ban on owning animals. With this seizure, the Adams also face charges for violating the conditions of their 2015 sentence.
“The law is the only recourse in this particular case,” says Moriarty.
“From the public’s side at least these individuals are quite well known in the sense if anyone were to Google their name let’s say they were looking to buy puppies that might be for sale from these individuals they would quickly find out that they are banned from doing so.”
The BC SPCA continue to investigate and Moriarty says there is no information to support suggestions on social media that the dogs were stolen.