Seized Langley puppy mill dogs up for adoption

Some of the animals seized in Langley will go to new homes.

  • Feb. 29, 2016 9:00 a.m.

The first 23 dogs seized from an alleged puppy mill in Langley’s Glen Valley area are now available for adoption from the SPCA.

A total of 66 animals were seized from the property on Feb. 4. The SPCA said some of the animals had serious medical issues, including broken bones, missing ears or eyes, infections, abscesses, and severely matted and feces-caked fur.

They were being kept in small, stacked cages in dark and unheated buildings, according to Marcie Moriarty, the chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA.

The 23 dogs up for adoption include eight adult wheaton terriers, three adult Old English sheepdogs, three adult Portugese water dogs, an adult Berenese mountain dog, an adult standard poodle and five 11-week-old poodle puppies, and two five-month-old Portugese water dog puppies.

Due to overwhelming interest, the SPCA is holding three information sessions Wednesday, March 2 for anyone interested in applying to adopt. Attendance at one of the sessions will be mandatory for anyone applying, due to the special needs of the dogs.

“We are truly grateful to the hundreds of people who have expressed interest in opening their homes to these dogs, but we want to make sure that anyone putting in an application fully understands the care that will be required to meet their ongoing behavioural and psychological needs,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. “Some issues commonly faced by dogs raised in puppy mills include fearfulness due to lack of socialization, compulsive behaviours, house-soiling and sensitivity to touch. With the proper care and attention these dogs have a wonderful future, but we want to make sure that people understand the commitment they are taking on.”

The sessions will be held at 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Room 1228B at Vancouver Community College, 1155 East Broadway. Pre-registration is required at

The dogs will not be at the information sessions.

“Our goal in holding the information sessions is to match the specific needs of each dog with an individual or family who has the time, skills and patience to help them reach their full potential,” said Chortyk. “The dogs have been through so much and we just want the adoption process to be a success for both the animals and for the wonderful people opening their hearts and homes to them.”

More of the Langley dogs will be up for adoption in the future as they are medically cleared.

The SPCA is expecting criminal charges over the alleged puppy mill.


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