Dogs are one of the most beloved animals on earth. They are the best companions humans can have. Since the dawn of civilization, dogs have been the symbol of companionship, affection, happiness, and love.
As dogs play a crucial part in humans’ lives, there is numerous research that support the measurable effects dogs have on both mental and physical well-being. But in Vancouver, there is an unknown threat that is hovering over the lives of dogs.
Recently, around 100 dogs along with cats and horses were seized from a substantial breeder. This was in the Similkameen region and it paved the way for hefty bills. Why? It is due to the canine parvovirus.
What Is Canine Parvovirus? Is It Reversible?
The British Columbia Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals faced a mountain of medical bills after numerous cats, dogs, and horses were recovered from the Similkameen region. It was reported that the animals recovered from the “substandard breeder” have reportedly been diagnosed with Canine Parvovirus.
Out of all the seized animals, dozens of puppies needed immediate medical aid due to the virus. The Canine Parvovirus is a contagious disease that affects unvaccinated dogs. This disease can be life-threatening to the innocent animals, and some of them even succumb to the ailment.
It so happened that around 8 puppies out of the 100 animals seized from the region have already died. However, the medical authorities tried their best to provide care. The situation is really gut-wrenching due to the fact that the disease is preventable.
All the medical officers who were on duty were questioned on the seriousness of the situation. One of them has even said that the pups and other animals under observation would not have undergone such a terrible situation had they been accustomed to proper care.
How Many Animals In Total Were Seized?
There are 46 puppies along with 21 adult dogs and 27 horses that are currently under observation. The authorities further claim that these animals were subjected to extremely poor conditions. They lacked a sanitized environment, which has been the root cause of the virus infection.
Due to the animals’ ongoing condition, BC SPCA has received $100K in medical bills. This is mainly due to the treatments which are costing over a thousand dollars a day. SPCA has further asked for donations from people to pay for these expenses.
There are still 19 puppies and one dog hospitalized. Six have been released and recovering in shelters.
The above situation paints a rather shoddy picture of care towards the animals in our society. It also shows that these innocent beings have suffered a lot due to ignorance by public care facilities.
All these together bring us to a rather serious discussion. We all look for pets as our sole companion, but we have been so much careless when it comes to really care for them.
This incident is a wide reminder for all people to support animal care and take a massive step to make them feel comfortable in their own dwellings.