Kennel operator ordered to pay B.C. SPCA $65,000 over dog seizure

A kennel operator outside Salmo, B.C., has lost his bid to have dozens of dogs returned to him after they were seized by the B.C. SPCA.

The British Columbia Farm Industry Review Board has also ordered Al Magaw to pay the society nearly $65,000 in costs.

Some 40 animals, many of them sled dogs, were seized in mid-February, after a warrant was executed at Spirit of the North Kennels by society agents.

The SPCA said the dogs at the sledding operation had inadequate shelter, hypothermia and suspected dehydration. 

On March 31, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, it was determined that the dogs should not be returned to Magaw because the

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