TAFFY – A Vanier Pekingese

Where ever you are Taffy, I love you.  I fought to save your life and brought David Chan to justice.   I am thankful to the SPCA for their swift rescue of my beloved Taffy and rehoming her into safety.

David Chan Hei Chun of Pitt Meadows, BC charged with animal abuse.

Mr. Chan attended a Crown Council hearing September 9th, 2010 for the abuse and murder of Pekingese that were sold to him by American and Canadian Pekingese breeders.  The number of dead documented by the court was just a small percentage of the Pekingese that he maliciously killed.  His court date was set for June 6, 2011.  He faced a $10,000 fine, no ownership of animals and possible jail time.  I believe he is a repeat offender, still in the pursuit of buying more Pekingese.

May 31, 2011 update

Pitt Meadows resident David Chan has been given a lifetime ban on owning animals after pleading guilty to abusing his seven-month-old Pekingese, Bosco.  A veterinarian alerted BC SPCA constables after Chan brought the dog to his clinic on Feb. 9, 2010 suffering from a broken hip and two fractured hind legs.  The dog was euthanized at Chan’s request.

“During our investigation we discovered that Chan had taken 11 Pekingese dogs to three different clinics on numerous occasions between 2008 and 2010, all suffering from suspicious injuries and ailments,” said Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations for the BC SPCA.  “Some of the dogs were already deceased from their injuries when he brought them to the clinics, others were suffering from burns, deep cuts, hemorrhages, ulcerated lesions, inflamed ears and eyes, serious fractures and malnutrition.”

Moriarty said the BC SPCA pursued animal cruelty charges and executed a warrant on Feb. 16, 2010 to take Dolly, Chan’s remaining Pekingese, into protective custody.  Another Pekingese, named Taffy, purchased by Chan in 2010, was also taken into SPCA care.

“There is obviously a troubling history with Mr. Chan and his animals and we are very pleased that the courts have taken this case very seriously,” said Moriarty.

Chan pleaded guilty and was sentenced on May 26 to Criminal Code charges of causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal. In addition to the lifetime ban on owning or having custody of animals, he was given a one-year probation, required to perform 70 hours of community service and must attend court-mandated counselling.

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