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BC SPCA seizes 46 ‘distressed’ horses from Okanagan property

The BC SPCA seized 46 horses, four dogs and four hogs from a property in North Vernon on Monday.

A warrant was executed to recover the animals that had been the subject of several complaints concerning inadequate food, water and shelter.

"SPCA constables met with the owner of the animals earlier this month and issued a number of orders for changes that were required to relieve the distress of the animals,” explained Eileen Drever, senior officer, protection and stakeholder relations for the BC SPCA.

“We have monitored the situation and requested daily documentation that the orders were being met. Unfortunately, we were not satisfied that the owner had made the necessary changes and sought a warrant to remove the animals.”

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The animals have been moved to undisclosed locations in the Okanagan, where they are being examined by veterinarians and receiving on-going care.

An investigation being led by the BC SPCA is ongoing.

“All animals are dependent on their caregivers to provide them with the basic necessities. If we fail to do so, we are failing them,” said Drever.

To help support the cost of care for the seized animals, the BC SPCA is grateful for donations at

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