Neglected pups need help

The Kelowna and South Okanagan SPCA branches are seeking donations for 44 dogs rescued after being neglected in Williams Lake.

Twenty-four of the pups are at the BC SPCA location in Penticton and the remaining 20 are in Kelowna, undergoing treatment for parasites and fleas while an investigation is conducted into their former home.

South Okanagan SPCA manager Carolyn Hawkins said members of the public wishing to help have a variety of options for helpful items to donate. 

"Cooked chicken is great to have, because it's a high-value treat for the dogs," Hawkins said. "They are very unsocialized and unused to people, so when we give them treats we teach them to associate humans with good things instead of bad."

Blankets, comforters and beds are needed as well, and gift cards for food stores. The dogs could also use some toys, since play was not a part of their lives previously.

"They've never seen a toy before," Hawkins said. "Any chewable toys, something they can play with, would be perfect."

The dogs are not currently available for adoption, since an investigation is ongoing, so Hawkins said the goal for the moment is to get them healthy and heal some of the psychological scars and distrust of humans they have developed. 

"We're hoping that we can give them a good chance at a happy life, and hopefully adoption down the line," Hawkins said. 

Anyone wishing to donate items to the dogs can drop them off at the Penticton or Kelowna BC SPCA locations. 

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