More dogs seized from Bud Wheatley’s home

Mitch MacDonald
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P.E.I. Department of Agriculture investigating

In this Guardian file photo, Bud Wheatley of holds up two young dogs he once owned.


The Department of Agriculture is investigating after seizing more dogs from the residence of an online pet store owner convicted in provincial court last week for animal cruelty.

After receiving a call from a concerned resident, department officials and a veterinarian went to Bud Wheatley’s Covehead home Saturday night and took several dogs to the P.E.I. Humane Society.

The seizure came four days after Wheatley, 62, was sentenced in provincial court to five months in jail for improperly caring for animals.

Agriculture Minister George Webster confirmed the seizure and investigation.

“It’s true the dogs were confiscated but the investigation is ongoing,”Webster said Wednesday.

Webster wouldn’t say who contacted the department or give details on the seizure.

“There are no conclusions yet and I probably shouldn’t get ahead of myself.”

Wheatley made plans for a caregiver to look after his aunt, who was living in his residence, while in jail. Both reportedly left the house and dogs behind before the department received the call.

While the department and the Humane Society wouldn’t give the number of dogs taken from Wheatley’s home, media reports said the number as 17.

Wheatley’s personal dog, 13-year-old Sacha, was among the 17. Sacha was the sole exception to a court order imposed last week restricting Wheatley from owning pets for 10 years.

Wheatley was also ordered to pay $68,000 for the Humane Society’s care of 76 dogs and cats seized from his property about a year ago on Oct. 2009.

Wheatley had been selling the animals on his website,, but veterinarians described conditions as disgusting and appalling.

One of the dogs died before it could be treated. Several others looked starved and two had to be put down but most were adopted from the Humane Society by the time of Wheatley’s sentencing.

Officials at the Department of Agriculture and the Humane Society declined to comment on the condition of animals seized Saturday.

No additional charges have been laid against Wheatley.



Organizations: Humane Society, Department of Agriculture

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Recent comments

  • Binky Barnes
    January 09, 2011 - 19:50

    binky barnes

  • Shelley McNeill
    October 27, 2010 - 06:50

    i bought a dog from bud wheatley about a year and a half ago, our dog is very small i've tried everything to fatten him up, you can see his rib cage he is a 2 year old border collie/black lab mix, now i am begining to wonder what our dog must have gone through while being there, he was 6 months old when we purchased him from bud, i think i will take him to get his stomache checked, i cannot imagine what those poor dogs must have gone through, anyone thinking on purchasing a dog should give them lots of love and attention and feed them well , i am glad we rescued our dog from that terrible place.

  • Tobias Gregson
    October 14, 2010 - 22:36

    I am certainly not supporting this moron, but from what I understand that when the police and humane society raided his home last year they only had a warrant for the out building and not the house, The animals that were just seized were in the main house that was not searched. I just hope that when this clown gets out he is very closely monitored and if he even comes close to an animal he will be arrested. I just don't think he has the intelligence to understand the magnitude of what he has been convicted of and will be right back at it again if he is not watched by the authorities. But this also shows the limitations of the current cruelty laws and that they need to be tougher to keep people like Bud Wheatley from ever having control of any animal again. Bud wheatley is the absolute epitome of what is wrong with the current laws against cruelty to animals. He was operating for years and apparently there was no way to shut him down. Lets hope that does not happen again. But there are also many other Bud Wheatleys out there that need to be closed down and put away.

  • R.G.
    October 14, 2010 - 20:56

    When they retrieved the dogs the first time, i would say that they didn't have a warrent to search the house. I wonder if our justice system will add more time to his 5 months for having more dogs other than Sasha. I think he is a very cocky man to go against the law again, he had those dogs in his house before he went to jail, he is not taking our justice system serious, is this not considered as a repeat affender, even though it is in such a very sort period of time, there is no way he can say that he didn't know that those dogs were there. In his own home this time. The justice system better not let him off with this. Selling dogs is all this man knows how to do, what makes you think that he is about to stop, no justice system is gooing to stop him.

  • Disgusted animal lover
    October 14, 2010 - 20:44

    This is one sick twisted freak of a man!! How can you sleep at night knowing that you are being convicted for all the other animals and then continue to do it. I seriously think the judge needs to look at psychiatric help for this man.. no person with any morals could do such a thing.. Once again the Humane Society needs to step up and fix his mistakes.. Remember everyone a small donation goes a LONG way for one little animal.

    October 14, 2010 - 19:30

    In my opinion since this seizure occurred after his sentencing he should immediately be nailed by the sack to the wall and serve some real time. Let's face it, this man has been doing this in one disgusting form or another for YEARS...authorities seem content to wring their hands and let it continue...this punishment he's getting currently is comical at best considering his crimes. Until he himself perishes in a pile of filth he will continue to abuse companion animals in these types of conditions for his own profit. I note in a post the thought of maybe him being like the hoarder types.....I see no reason to even try to think of any other option than what is clear.....Bud Wheatly is a greedy, evil savage of a human being. I only wish that a man twice his size named Bubba could befriend him in prison.

  • intobed
    October 14, 2010 - 18:59

    Please, while we can't do anything about the former owner, we can help the dogs. Go to the Humane Society and adopt one for life. At least donate money to help care for them. Perhaps buy a new toy for them to play with. You can help, just go do it.

  • nightmare
    October 14, 2010 - 15:55

    When will this nightmare end???? I agree ... there is something very wrong... here... like the hoarders program on tv perhaps?? Or is it all totally driven by money and greed??? SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much pain, has been caused unneccessarily by this man. WHEN IS IT FINALLY GOING TO END????

  • melanie
    October 14, 2010 - 12:18

    I agree with jessie. this man is going to hell ! i hope he rots there .

  • Shawn Murphy
    October 14, 2010 - 12:03

    This guy makes the fox killers look like boy scouts.

  • Errol Smith
    October 14, 2010 - 11:19

    Is The Department of Agriculture totally incompetent for allowing this individual to continue to abuse companion animals ? They were aware of Wheatley and his operation,were they not ? Officials from the Department had inspected his property in Covehead,did they not ? I'm not with the Department and am not trained as such,however I feel quite certain it would have taken me 60 seconds or less to determine that Wheatley,with a questionable histroy in dealing with animals,was operating an obvious puppy mill. Perhaps an official with the Department would like to take this opportunity to reply as to how a person like this was allowed to continue his operation and how many more "puppy mills " are out there,flying under the radar to all with the exception of the Department Of Agriculture.Care to respond or a continued... decline to comment ?

  • Unknown
    October 14, 2010 - 10:31

    What is wrong with this man?.. how can he look at these animals and not realize he is putting them in great danger. When you take an animal into your care, you are ready to be there "caregiver". You are supposed to be ready to feed them, walk them, and most of all LOVE THEM!!... This man is no animal lover, he is an animal hater.

  • CV
    October 14, 2010 - 10:10

    Agreed; with this further offense, occurring after his conviction and explicit orders to keep one, and only one, pet - Sacha should also be confiscated. I hate to think that this will potentially end in destruction (euthanasia) of any or all of the animals, he cannot be permitted to continue to keep animals in substandard conditions. A sad end to someone who apparently cares little for the animals themselves.

  • David
    October 14, 2010 - 10:01

    The part I didn't understand about his sentencing is not owning an animal for ten years; why will he EVER be allowed to own another animal, as he's demonstrated time and time again that he has no regard for their health or well-being.

  • jessie
    October 14, 2010 - 09:48

    There is a special place reserved in Hell for this man...

  • DG
    October 14, 2010 - 09:13

    Why were there still animals there after the first seizure? This guy should be kept in a cell and ignored for 10 yrs himself!!

  • DL
    October 14, 2010 - 09:05

    I agree. I've seen his dog, Sacha, in a very dirty condition. He should NOT be allowed to keep her, either. What is the matter with these investigators?

    • CV
      October 14, 2010 - 10:10

      Agreed; with this further offense, occurring after his conviction and explicit orders to keep one, and only one, pet - Sacha should also be confiscated. I hate to think that this will potentially end in destruction (euthanasia) of any or all of the animals, he cannot be permitted to continue to keep animals in substandard conditions. A sad end to someone who apparently cares little for the animals themselves.

  • Errol Smith
    October 14, 2010 - 07:11

    There's something very wrong with this Wheatley guy.

    • PeiGurl2
      October 14, 2010 - 08:21

      You have got to be kidding me, more dogs from the same house????? How were these ones not found the first time? Maybe the Aunt decided to call herself before leaving the home. I feel bad for poor Sasha though, she's 13, the poor thing will not be happy in the pound. Hopefully she will find a great home ;) This guy should get more charges for these animals........