Premier to reveal new protections for B.C. pets in wake of animal-abuse cases

VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark is expected to unveil new measures today for protecting cats and dogs in British Columbia.

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The anticipated announcement comes on the heels of two high-profile cases where officials with the province's SPCA raided a pair of Lower Mainland facilities and seized 150 animals.

The first was an alleged puppy mill in Langley, where 66 dogs were rescued, with some suffering from infections, broken limbs and missing eyes or ears.

The second raid involved 84 cats and dogs at a Chilliwack breeding and boarding facility.

One cat and one kitten were in such serious condition they had to be euthanized hours after they were taken.

The provincial SPCA's chief enforcement officer Marcie Moriarty says they do about 10,000 cruelty investigations every year and serve 150 warrants annually.


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