Dogs, Horses Seized from Cheslatta Property; Owner May Face Charges

Thirteen adult dogs, seven puppies and seven horses have been seized by BC SPCA constables from a property in Cheslatta, south of Burns Lake.

The society says many of the seized animals were underweight and some were showing signs of dehydration.

The seizure was complicated by the fact that the property is in a very remote location south of Francois Lake and required a ferry ride to transport the animals.

The owner only lives on the property on evenings and weekends in the winter and the dogs were left tethered to six-foot chains attached to small "sled-dog type" boxes, according to the BC SPCA.

Chief Prevention Officer Marcie Moriarty told CTV Vancouver there was little food for the dogs, many of which suffered from malnourishment, dehydration, and were underweight and not socialized.

But the dogs were in far better shape than the horses, she said.

The North Cariboo SPCA branch is caring for the dogs and puppies, and the horses are being housed with a Prince George equine rescue group.

The BC SPCA investigation continues and charges of animal cruelty may be recommended in the case.