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The BC SPCA says 30 dachshunds recently seized from an Okanagan breeder were kept in small crates, and what little bedding they had was soiled with urine and feces.
That was just the tip of the iceberg of the “terrible living conditions” the two-and-a-half dozen dogs, ranging from four months to five years in age, were facing before they were rescued.
According to the BC SPCA, the animals had dental disease, overgrown nails and exposure to high ammonia levels as they lived in unsanitary conditions.
“When our animal protection officers arrived on site, the smell of ammonia permeated the house,” explained Eileen Drevner, senior officer of protection at the BC SPCA.
“They found that the dogs were primarily kept in a basement where urine was soaked into the wooden shelves holding dog crates.”
Drevner said the dogs had “occasional outside access,” but it was clear they spent most of their time without proper ventilation or comfort.
Unfortunately, the dogs are not socialized and fearful, but being brought into BC SPCA care is the first step in their rehabilitation.
“They are all currently under the care of a veterinarian and are receiving all the love and attention they deserve,” added Drevner.
The dogs are not available for adoption at this time.