Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Owner, customer defend Manitoba dog-breeding operation

The man behind a Manitoba dog-breeding operation that is under fire for the treatment of its animals says the situation has been blown out of proportion.

Provincial officials began removing more than 70 beagles and American cocker spaniels from a breeding operation near Warren, Man., north of Winnipeg, last week and distributing them to animal organizations.

Owner Ernie Boklaschuk declined a recorded interview with CBC News, but said he had been unaware that the dogs were not doing well.

Boklaschuk said he asked the province to help him find homes for the dogs when he was unable to care for them due to a two-year battle with cancer.

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