Over the past two weeks, Calgary Humane Society (CHS) peace officers have seized more than 30 dogs from what they say are “out of control” breeding operations in the city.
The dogs, mostly teenagers, were discovered in homes with poor animal living conditions, the company said in a statement on Monday.
He said investigations are ongoing and could result in charges under the province’s Animal Welfare Act.
“These recent cases are a combination of accidental litters and abusive breeding, both of which have consequences,” said Brad Nichols, director of operations and enforcement for the Humane Society.
“Besides the legal outcomes of seized pets, which you hope would deter such irresponsible behavior, there are more natural consequences of crumbling residences and depleted finances.”
Nichols noted that the seizures have put additional strain on a system already at capacity, compounded by an influx of unwanted pets that have been adopted during the pandemic.
“People are going back to work now, so we’re seeing animals struggling with anxiety and sometimes that’s accompanied by the destruction of property or other types of behavior that owners aren’t prepared to put up with,” Nichols said.
“We also see owners who are out of work for long periods of time, who can’t afford medical care, who can’t afford to take good care of their animals in general.”
Due to the saturated pet adoption market, Nichols said breeders will continue to struggle to find homes for their pets, which could speed up the cycle.
CHS said the most effective strategy for mitigating unwanted pets is to get them fixed.