Robert, I want you to know how sad this story has made me. I type whilst tears run down my face. It is abundantly clear that you cared for this poor dog, and I wish the ending could have been a happy one for both of you.
I am appalled at SO MANY of the actions of the BC SPCA! Never, ever will they receive one thin dime from me, ever again. The only thing that bothers me is that so many animals end up in their 'care' every day. Wish I could think of a way to help them. I can't even adopt from there because I don't have a fenced yard. I live on a secluded acreage and have had many dogs; all have been trained about the property lines, and every one has stayed here. The other drawback for me is the large fee charged for adopting. Surely it is better to adopt the dog out, even if they can't make any money on it? Just because people may not have a lot of money does not, to me, indicate that they will therefore be poor guardians for a dog. There is not a means test given to have children, after all.
That poor, poor puppy dog...he never really had a chance.