Sunday, September 20, 2009

SPCA seizes 33 dogs from Sydney apartment, dwelling


SYDNEY — The SPCA has seized more than 30 dogs in two connected incidents in Sydney, but no charges are expected because it was a case of hoarding where the dogs were in good condition.

Patsy Rose, manager of Cape Breton SPCA said they received a call about an apartment building in the central Sydney area. On Sept. 1, when inspectors entered the apartment, they donned masks for their own protection, due to the odour of feces and urine, and seized 13 dogs. They subsequently returned two days later to a nearby dwelling, part of the same property, removing another 20 dogs. The same people were involved in both cases, Rose said.

She declined to say on what street the seizures occurred.

The dogs were in good condition, she said, although one dog was euthanized due to health conditions associated with its advanced age.

“It was just that the people had way too many dogs,” she said. “A lot of people, we call them hoarders, they get these animals then they get overwhelmed with them and then they don’t know what to do with them ... If (the dogs) had been in bad conditions, they were thin and there were problems with them, they would have been charged with cruelty to animals.”
Rose said she doesn’t know how long the situation had been ongoing. She added the people involved are not facing charges.

Seventeen dogs were transported to the Halifax SPCA to be put up for adoption, while a number remain at the local location also available for adoption..."