The breeder with the purported "substandard conditions" kennel is interviewed by CTV news - see how I'm not calling this a puppy mill? I've been corrected by another breeder recently - so we now all know that there's no such thing as a puppymill anymore - there's only kennels with substandard conditions....
Alleged puppy mill owner says she's no criminal
The owner of an alleged puppy mill in B.C.'s Fraser Valley says she's no criminal, and is horrified about the investigation.
"I was totally invaded," Faye Parkinson tells CTV from her Mission home. "And my animals were always taken very good care of."
In total, 46 Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers, both adults and puppies, along with 12 Persian-type cats and kittens, were rescued from Parkinson's property on Nov. 28. Some of the puppies were only a few hours old. One adult Rottweiler was also seized.
The B.C. SPCA says the dogs were kept inside tiny, filthy cages littered with urine and excrement.
"It's heartbreaking. It's really heartbreaking," says animal protection officer Ivanna Ferris. "When we saw these animals come in on Friday, they were soaking wet and filthy."
The neglected animals were suffering ailments including untreated eye and skin infections, gum disease, matted fur and overgrown nails.
Neighbours CTV spoke with are shocked by the allegations.
"For them to say -- reporting more than forty dogs out of there was shocking to say the least and pretty horrifying," says Jay Jones.
Parkinson admits many of the animals are hers, but claims she recently helped someone out by taking in their neglected dogs on a temporary basis.
"She had one litter of pups she brought over and then she had another dog that had puppies the day the raid was on," she says.
Citing her lawyer's requests, Parkinson would not show CTV News where the animals were kept, but she maintains that the animals were not abused.
"I've never abused nothing," she says. "I've never abused anything in my life."
Parkinson insists she does not run a puppy mill, saying she only sells about two litters of kittens each year.
The homeowner admits that people might think that's a lot of animals to have in the home.
"Yes, yes," she says. "But I absolutely love them and what do you do with them? Are you supposed to take them and get rid of them?"
The SPCA is now recommending charges of animal cruelty against Parkinson.
Last year, the BC SPCA investigated 4,600 complaints.