Newspaper article The Canadian Press

SPCA Hopes K9 Units in B.C. Meet Police Challenge as Bills Climb for Seized Dogs

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

SPCA Hopes K9 Units in B.C. Meet Police Challenge as Bills Climb for Seized Dogs

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SPCA hopes police challenge pays off

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VANCOUVER - The Vancouver branch of the SPCA is hoping a donation challenge from the canine unit at the Vancouver Police Department pays off for the organization.

Branch manager Charlotte Ellice says members of the Vancouver unit donated $1,300 in overtime hours last week to cover vet bills for 66 dogs seized during a raid on a puppy mill last month in nearby Langley.

When the donation was made, Ellice says Vancouver dog handlers challenged members in other canine units to do the same and the society is optimistic that will happen.

Spokeswoman Lorie Chortyk of British Columbia's SPCA says vet bills for the seized dogs have topped hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"We spend millions of dollars in vet bills every year, just regularly," she said. …

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