Animal cruelty charges recommended after emaciated dog, puppies found in Lake Errock

The SPCA's Jodi Dunlop poses with Ruby and one of her pups at the Abbotsford shelter.

The SPCA's Jodi Dunlop poses with Ruby and one of her pups at the Abbotsford shelter.

Charges are being recommended after a badly emaciated female lab-cross dog and her puppies were found by campers last weekend.

The B.C. SPCA press release said the female dog, which was wearing a 13-pound chain around her neck, caught the attention of campers at a Lake Errock site, located 20 minutes east of Mission, on Saturday.

The chain had rubbed off most of the hair on the frail dog’s neck. “Ruby” was also suffering from open sores and numerous parasites. While SPCA transported her to an Abbotsford shelter, the animal excreted fabric she had ingested earlier to stave off hunger.

Investigators discovered Ruby belonged to a couple at a nearby residence, and found that the dog had recently given birth to seven, six-week-old pups. Four puppies were also emaciated and full of parasites and fleas and found back at the campground with other campers. Three puppies had been given away to passersby in the campground’s vicinity.

More details to come.