15 puppies being cared for after owner forced to escape B.C. wildfire – Okanagan

Fifteen tails wagging and even more drooling puppy kisses encounter dog control agents in the North Okanagan Regional Ward each morning.

The pups were taken into their care on August 23, after multiple complaints of excessive barking led them to a home in Vernon, where they found 14 pups and their mother.

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“Dog Control was able to contact the owner and learn that he had been evacuated from Westside Road and was staying with a friend while trying to keep his dogs safe and still attending school,” the county said in a press release.

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The fire at White Rock Lake west of Okanagan Lake continues to burn out of control. It is now estimated to be more than 82,000 acres in size and dozens of people are in need of evacuation.

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The dog inspectors decided to help and opened their doors to all the pooches.

“Our mornings have changed at the facility – that’s for sure,” Officer Daryl Riva said in the press release.

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“We show up in the morning with 15 wagging tails, lots of leaks and a lot more dog hair swimming around than usual.”

The Shepherd Mix puppies are around 10 weeks old and the owner visits the facility all day to feed and visit.

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“I am so grateful for the generosity and cooperation the RDNO Dog Control Officers have shown me and my dogs,” said the owner.

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“During such a stressful time they helped me take one thing off my plate while I wait to return home.”

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