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article imagePet seller convicted of animal cruelty has more dogs seized

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 14, 2010 in Crime
A man who sold pets in Prince Edward Island for many years had 17 dogs seized from his property, just four days after he was convicted of cruelty to animals.
Department of Agriculture officials and a veterinarian went to Bud Wheatley’s Covehead home after receiving a call about animals needing help. CBC News reported that they took 17 dogs from there to the P.E.I. Humane Society.
Four days earlier 62-year-old Wheatley, who ran and previously operated the pet store Snookums, was sentenced to five months in jail October 5 for causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to animals.
In October 2009 there had been 76 dogs and cats seized from his property. Some were dirty, emaciated, and ill. One animal died before it could be treated and two had to be euthanized, but most have now been adopted into new homes.
He was ordered not to have any pets for 10 years, except for his 13-year-old dog Sacha. He was also ordered to pay a $200 fine and to reimburse $68,000 in expenses for the animals’ care.
A caregiver was looking after Wheatley’s elderly aunt in his home while he was in jail, but they left the house. There were still 17 dogs, including Sacha, at the house.
“It’s true the dogs were confiscated but the investigation is ongoing,” Agriculture Minister George Webster told The Guardian.
He would not provide details on the seizure.
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