01/10/2013 06:24 EST | Updated 03/12/2013 05:12 EDT

45 miniature poodles seized from Vancouver Island home

Forty-five miniature poodles have been removed from a Vancouver Island home by the BC SPCA because the breeder could not adequately care for all the animals he was hoarding.

The nine puppies and 35 adult dogs were all miniature-poodle bichon frise crosses. One dead dog was also found.

Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA, said the society had concerns about the breeder in the past, but conditions during previous inspections were not serious enough to allow intervention at his Brentwood Bay home.

“We tried numerous times to work with him to surrender some of his dogs ... but he was very resistant,” said Chortyk.

“While he did give up a few dogs to a local rescue group, the breeding and hoarding escalated to a point where we were able to secure a warrant to take action.”

The animals were removed on Wednesday and are currently being examined, bathed, groomed and treated for parasites at the SPCA’s Victoria Branch. A few dogs have also been found to be pregnant.

The animals won’t be available for adoption until the society finalizes their legal custody documents. Anyone interested in adopting the dogs should check the website for further information in February.