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Sione the Shar Pei, successful prosecutions and a rodeo update

Newsletter October15Friday, 16 October, 2015

This month, we discuss two successful prosecutions, the impending rodeo season, and the importance of working with farmers towards sustainable ethical farming.

We say thank you to those who made Cupcake Day such a sweet success and ask you to join us at this year's Annual Appeal.

Plus, we introduce you to Sione the goofy Shar Pei and horses Rosie and Peanut!

Read our October newsletter here.

Levin man moved out of his flat and left a puppy to starve

Segment 011 of Council photo Hale 1 1 v2Tuesday, 6 October, 2015

When Brendan Hale moved out of his flat and locked the door he left a puppy alone inside to die.

Hale, 32, unemployed, pleaded guilty in the Levin District Court to a charge of reckless ill-treatment of an animal with the result that the pain or distress caused to the animal was so great it was necessary to destroy it in order to end its suffering. The offense carries a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment and/or a $75,000 fine.

He was sentenced to 175 hours of community work, 3 months community detention, disqualified from owning animals for 5 years (excluding current dog), and ordered to pay a $350 contribution to legal costs.

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Whakatane man who starved 20 calves to death sentenced

Tuesday, 6 October, 2015

When 20 of his 28 calves died, Gareth Wordsworth just assumed they were dying of scours (diarrhoea) – but they were actually dying of starvation.

Wordsworth, 42, was convicted on October 7 in the Whakatane District Court on charges of failing to provide the calves with proper and sufficient food and water, and of failing to protect the calves from and rapidly diagnose any significant injury or disease. Both charges carry a maximum sentence of 12 months imprisonment and/or a $50,000 fine.

He was sentenced to 100 hours of community work, disqualified from owning livestock animals for 2 years, and ordered to pay $1371.09 in reparations and $150 in court costs.

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Take a stand against rodeo cruelty

Newsletter July15Monday, 27 July, 2015

This month, we've joined with SAFE and Farmwatch to call for a ban on rodeos. Show your opposition by signing our petition to end rodeo cruelty in New Zealand for good.

Registrations are now open for SPCA Cupcake Day! Tie on your apron, dust off your mixing bowl, and get practising; it really is the sweetest way to support the SPCA.

Plus, we give you an update on our Appeal cat Mezza, and much more.

Read our July newsletter here.