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Animals in distress seized from property near Nanaimo Airport

B.C. SPCA says it anticipates recommending charges after its investigation is complete
The B.C. SPCA removed multiple species of animals from a property near the Nanaimo Airport after multiple complaints from neighbours of the animals being “in distress.” (File photo/B.C. SPCA)

Multiple animals were removed from a property near the Nanaimo Airport after the B.C. SPCA executed a search warrant following complaints from neighbours.

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, animal protection officers seized a number of dogs, cats, goats, and chickens, allegedly in distress, from the property on Adshead Road, north of Ladysmith.

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According to Eileen Drever, B.C. SPCA senior officer for protection and stakeholder relations, animal protection officers visited the property in response to complaints.

“As a result of that visit, a number of notices were issued to [the owner] to relieve the distress found in some of the animals. If an animal [owner] fails to relieve the distress, then the animal protection officer may have to take legal action,” she noted in an e-mail.

Although the investigation is still ongoing, she said the B.C. SPCA will be recommending charges to crown counsel once the investigation is complete.

Anyone who observes an animal in distress is asked to contact the B.C. SPCA animal helpline at 1-855-622-7722.

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Bailey Seymour

About the Author: Bailey Seymour

After graduating from SAIT and stint with the Calgary Herald, I ended up at the Nanaimo News Bulletin/Ladysmith Chronicle in March 2023
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