The BC SPCA has removed 15 silky terriers and two german shepherds, badly neglected, from a dog breeder in Cowichan.
The ten female and five male silky terriers dogs, ranging from one to nine years old, were legally surrendered into SPCA care following a brief investigation.
Two adult shepherd dogs were also removed into SPCA care.
The SPCA said the dogs had badly matted fur and overgrown nails. They were also soaked in urine and feces.
The individuals involved in this case have also signed a written agreement with the B.C. SPCA not to own or take possession of any new animals.
Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer, said in a statement that this case highlights why recently-introduced laws allowing regulation of dog and cat breeding in BC are essential.
“We were lucky in this case that we were able to intercede early, but without regulations of this industry, we see too many situations that can slip through the cracks and the animals are the ones who suffer,” Moriarty said.
The dogs are being cared for in foster homes and have adoptions pending.