Seventy dogs were seized from a farm near Riceton, Saskatchewan last week after an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. Originally, the owner had 150 dogs, but managed to re-home some before Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan (APSS) stepped in.
Despite numerous visits from the APSS, the owner failed to improve living conditions for the animals, resulting in the seizure. After inspection, veterinarians found deficiencies with the dogs' shelter, food, water, general care, and over-all health.
Charges are now pending under the Animal Protection Act.
Rumored to be the largest dog seizure in the province's history, this was also one of the most complicated, due to the animals' lack of socialization with humans. They were difficult to capture, but are currently being cared for by the Saskatoon SPCA, the Prince Albert SPCA, and the Regina Humane Society.
Kaley Pugh of the APSS spoke in a written release:
“We are happy that our friends at the Saskatoon SPCA, Prince Albert SPCA and Regina Humane Society were able to help us care for this very large number of dogs, but we’re going to need help placing them more permanently so that they can be trained and get adopted into loving homes.”
Anyone interested in helping rehabilitate or socialize the dogs are encouraged to contact the shelters listed, or the APSS. Many of the dogs will be available for adoption after some much needed TLC.
*Not all of the dogs were removed from the property, but the APSS will continue to monitor their condition and care.*