The BC SPCA is asking for the public’s help to care for 17 puppies and two adult Siberian huskies that were surrendered from a property in the Interior of the province.
RCMP and animal control officers responded to a complaint and found the husky pups — all between eight and 10 weeks of age — and adults living outside in the cold and snow on the property.
The SPCA noted the dogs were shivering, lethargic and riddled with parasites.
The owner surrendered the dogs to animal control, which held them overnight before transferring the dogs to a BC SPCA branch on Christmas Eve.
The exact location of the puppies is not being disclosed for their protection.
“It’s a true Christmas miracle that these puppies were saved from neglect and brought in from the cold,” BC SPCA chief prevention and enforcement officer Marcie Moriarty said. “We are grateful that the RCMP and animal control officers were able to get them immediate attention.”
The puppies are being treated for worms and are in quarantine. Each puppy will be spayed or neutered and provided with all vaccines before they will be ready for adoption in late January.
“The branch is completely overwhelmed with caring for so many animals and is not accepting adoption inquiries at this time,” Moriarty said, adding that donations are encouraged to help cover the costs of caring for the puppies and other dogs during the busy holiday period.”
More info at the B.C. SPCA Facebook page.