BC SPCA seizes 40 sled dogs from Salmo Kennel – Nelson Star

Forty dogs were seized by the BC SPCA from a kennel near Salmo.

Animal protection officers visited Spirit of the North Kennels on February 16, where the sled dogs were taken into custody after it was determined they were suffering from inadequate shelter, hypothermia and suspected dehydration, according to the BC SPCA.

Marcie Moriarty, prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA, said in a statement that the Al Magaw-owned property violates the province’s sled dog code of practice, which sets standards for care and well-being.

Moriarty added that Magaw had already been advised to make changes before the seizure happened.

“He refused to substantially comply with certain areas of the code that allowed dogs to meet the definition of distress under the legislation, and so we moved forward with a mandate to ensure dogs receive the care they need. needed,” she said.

BC SCPA said the dogs are currently receiving care at several of its locations and are not available for adoption while its animal cruelty investigation continues.

The Spirit of the North Kennels website advertises sled dog tours, boarding and therapy training for dogs with behavioral issues.

Contacted by the Nelson Star, Magaw declined to comment until he spoke with a lawyer, but said he would appeal the seizure.

“The rookie inspectors’ claims are going to be vigorously challenged at the hearing,” he said.

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Bette C. Alvarado