Martin v. Lowe, [1980] B.C.J. No. 1449 »

In this case, the plaintiff, Mrs. Martin, sought general and special damages for injuries suffered from being knocked over by a dog. The judge found “that there was negligence on the part of the defendant Mathias Lowe and he was solely…

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Eliason v. S.P.C.A., 2004 BCSC 1773 »

Application by the plaintiff, Eliason, for an injunction to prevent the defendant, SPCA, from destroying, selling or otherwise disposing of cats it had removed from her custody. The cats were seized in 2000 or 2001. The seizure resulted in criminal…

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Chatwin v. SPCA, 2008 BCSC 796 »

Application by Chatwin for judicial review of the BC SPCA’s decision not to return her animals to her. In response to a complaint made by an employee of Chatwin’s housecleaning business, Morgan, an authorized agent of the SPCA, went to…

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BCSPCA v. Baker, 2007 BCSC 1717 »

Application by Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for summary judgment against Baker. Baker’s daughter resided on rural property owned by Baker, keeping commercial animal kennel. Baker visited premises frequently and provided frequent financial assistance to daughter. Society seized…

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Haughton v. BCSPCA, 2009 BCSC 1773 »

This is a case for judicial review in which Ms. Haughton alleges the BCSPCA treated her unfairly and unreasonably, their actions were in haste, that her animals were not in actual fact distressed, the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness were…

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Haughton v. BC SPCA, 2010 BCSC 406 »

Application by the respondent Society for a declaration that petitioner was required to pay costs incurred while its animals were in the respondent’s care. The respondent sought permission to dispose of the animals if the plaintiff failed to pay the…

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McAnerin v. BC SPCA et al., 2004 BCSC 1430 »

Application by the petitioner McAnerin for judicial review of a seizure and detention of her 100 animals. A special constable attended McAnerin’s lands as a result of the concerns of an employee for the respondent Society for the Prevention of…

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Pieper v. Kokoska and BCSPCA, 2004 BCSC 1547 »

In this case, Pieper, the petitioner, argued that he was not given an opportunity to be heard before The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (the Society) exercised its discretion to dispose of many of his dogs. Interestingly, the petitioner did not challenge…

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McLean v. Thompson, 2009 BCPC 415 »

In this case, Ms. McLean was bitten twice by a wolf-dog hybrid owned by the defendants, Tanya and Ryan Thompson at the residence of Raymond and Sharon Thompson. The incident took place after Raymond Thompson opened a gate to let Ms. McLean in, who…

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R. v. Haughton, 2012 BCPC 0505 »

In this case, the accused, Ms. Haughton, was charged with three offences relating to animal cruelty. In order to tend to her ranch in Alberta, she left her dogs and cats in the care of her son in her absence.…

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R v Vieira, 2006 BCPC 288 »

Accused charged with wilfully neglecting or failing to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for his animals, contrary to section 446(2) of the Criminal Code. The animals were found in a condition consistent with long term neglect.…

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R v Tremblay, 2012 BCPC 410 »

Sentencing of the accused following guilty peas for wounding an animal, contrary to section 445(1)(a) of the Criminal Code, and for mischief in relation to property. The accused was sentenced to six months in jail and was put on probation…

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R v Sudweeks, 2003 BCSC 1960 »

Appeal by the accused from his conviction and sentence for causing or permitting animals to be or to continue to be in distress, contrary to section 24(1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The RCMP went to the…

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