Another beaten dog report – SPCA can’t help

Sent: May-24-13 2:39 PM
Subject: Neglectful and abusive owner.

Hi, I have information on a owner who neglects their dogs, beats and abuses them. I’m not exactly sure how to do this this is my first time. I don’t have proof, a video or picture but I do have eyes and I witnessed this all happening. I also have a friend who saw it happening. Because the owner of the dog was a friend no longer in communication with her though. I called the bcspca for a case, me and 2 other people. Seems that they can’t do anything without actually actually proof of it happening at the moment. All I can do is give them the information I had with what I remember and the time it was around.

Animal Advocates sent this email to the BC SPCA:

This account speaks to the matter of a lack in the PCA Act so that the SPCA can’t charge a person with cruelty based on witnesses’ reports, for example in the below email account and in the matter of the beaten Boston Terrier in Cowichan, where the beating was very public and where there were several willing witnesses.

I don’t know enough law to know if the Hong-Kong’s section 4 could allow also for the seizure of the allegedly beaten animal.  I would hope so.

Can you please reply with any information or opinion that the SPCA has regarding the usefulness of Hong-Kong’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, Section 4 and whether the SPCA is considering, or will consider, asking for an amendment to the PCA Act that would allow the SPCA to arrest the beater and seize the beaten animal?

- Judy Stone, North Vancouver, BC

This story has been updated with more information.

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