Tuesday, 27 January, 2015
If there's a silver lining to be found in the furore over controversial comments made by the head of the Auckland branch of the SPCA, it's that Bob Kerridge has at least got people talking about the responsibilities of dog ownership.
"You might recall that really what prompted this was official stats that came out around the number of dog attacks, and particularly south Auckland seems to have some quite high incidence of that," Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand, said on Firstline this morning.
Read more about dog attacks in the Auckland region and responsible dog ownership at 3news.co.nz.
Monday, 26 January, 2015
SPCA New Zealand strongly disagrees with Bob Kerridge’s recent comments in the media in which he links ethnicity with the high number of dog attacks in South Auckland.
“Bob’s comments are his personal views and do not reflect the views of the SPCA,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand, the national organisation that oversees 47 SPCA centres throughout the country, including Auckland.
“We would also like to clarify that Bob Kerridge does not speak for the SPCA as a whole – his position is Executive Director of SPCA Auckland only.
“Our staff, volunteers, and supporters include people from many different ethnic backgrounds who all share a common goal of advancing animal welfare in New Zealand. We proudly work with anyone who shares our common vision and would be horrified if Mr Kerridge’s comments led anyone to think that his personal views on ethnicity were shared by the SPCA. They are not.
“The SPCA believes responsible dog ownership is something every dog owner should practice regardless of their ethnicity or socio-economic status. If owners are not acting responsibly towards their animals we believe they should be held accountable, which is why we prosecute people accused of animal welfare offences.”
Wednesday, 21 January, 2015
On 3 September 2014, 37-year-old Tauranga man Jarrod Wharekawa tied ‘Temtem’, his 5-month-old Staffordshire Terrier crossbred puppy, to the back of his ute and drove off. Somewhere down the road, Temtem jumped or fell off and was dragged along the road for some distance.
Wharekawa took the puppy to a vet clinic where the veterinarian observed that the flesh on its right hind leg had been ripped open to expose the bone, which had been snapped in two.
Tendons were severed or missing and the bone had been ground down significantly by the road surface. The skin on the puppy’s rear and other places on its body had been rubbed raw exposing the flesh underneath. The veterinarian suspected the pelvis was also fractured.
Wharekawa refused to accept the veterinarian’s advice that euthanasia was the best option to end the puppy’s suffering. So the puppy was released under strict instructions for it to be returned for further assessment the following morning. Following Wharekawa’s failure to return with the puppy, the clinic informed SPCA Tauranga.
Wednesday, 14 January, 2015
The prospect of dogs being stolen and used for dog fighting has the Gore community and police demanding answers.
It all started with a staffordshire terrier called Polly, who was taken from SPCA Gore and returned rattled, mauled and fighting for her life.
Her case sparked a massive response on social media with many believing that Polly was taken by dog fighters to be used as bait to train another dog how to kill.
Read more about Polly and the police investigation at tvnz.co.nz.
Thursday, 18 December, 2014
SPCA New Zealand applauds the ban on the sale and use of glueboard traps in New Zealand.
Glueboard traps are boards with a sticky glue layer that are used to capture and hold live rodents. The SPCA considers the level of pain or distress caused to animals trapped on glueboards to be unreasonable and says that adequate alternatives are available.