A Tumbler Ridge resident has been sentenced after 34 dogs were taken into B.C. S.P.C.A. Care.

This week Stacey Lajeunesse of Tumbler Ridge was sentenced to a 10 year ban from owning animals. In 2007, S.P.C.A. Officers took 23 puppies, ranging in age from two weeks to three months and 11 adult dogs into their care.

B.C. S.P.C.A. Const. Debbie Goodine, who led the investigation, says there was no evidence of food for the animals on the property. “The adult dogs were extremely emaciated, scoring only one to one-and-a-half on a body conditioning scale of one to five. The puppies were also in very poor body condition and were suffering from internal parasites.”  

Goodine adds that the dogs were entangled in heavy chains and there was evidence of psychological distress, such as ground wear from repetitive pacing.

On top of the 10 year ban from owning animals, Lajeunesse was also ordered to pay $841 in restitution to the B.C. S.P.C.A.

The judge did allow Lajeunesse to keep 12 dogs currently in his custody under the condition that he follow “Mush with Pride” guidelines to ensure adequate care. He must also provide proof of ongoing veterinary examinations for the dogs and allow inspections by B.C. S.P.C.A. Staff with 24 hours notice.