Nineteen dogs, most of them puppies, were seized by City bylaw enforcement Tuesday night.
Late Tuesday, Aug. 16, RCMP received a report from a concerned citizen who saw a van parked at a local hotel with numerous full grown dogs in it. Puppies could be heard inside the van, but the windows of the vehicle were all closed with blinds on them, so it was unknown how many dogs were inside.
Officers attended the hotel and located the owner of the van, a woman from Saskatchewan. In the van they found five full grown Labrador dogs and 14 puppies. There were no safety measures taken to protect the dogs while they were being transported, and the pets did not appear to be in good health.
Police said Wednesday the animals were to be handed over to the SPCA, but the SPCA notified NewKamloops.com that they have not had any involvement in the matter.
The police officer issued a violation ticket to the woman for Transporting Living Animals Without Protection.
It was found that the Saskatchewan woman had dealt with police in Alberta for a similar, related offence within the past year.