Friday, 25 January, 2013
A Waikato farmer has today been discharged without conviction after pleading guilty to Animal Welfare Act 1999 charges in the Hamilton District Court.
In a landmark case, 24 year old Logan Dawson pleaded guilty to two charges of ill-treating a boar, and two charges of ‘baiting’ a boar - charges that have never before been laid in New Zealand. Dawson was ordered to pay $8,357.90 in reparation and a $500 donation to the SPCA.
Dawson encouraged his dogs to attack a number of boars at his property in the Waikato, ostensibly to train them for pig hunting.
Friday, 7 December, 2012
Summer is here, and so is the sunshine! That means trips to the beach, long warm evenings and whole dinners cooked on the BBQ – but it also means we need to remind ourselves that dogs DO NOT belong in hot cars.
On a hot day, the temperature inside your car can reach 39°C in 10 minutes. Even in the shade with the windows down, the temperature can rise to a deadly 49°C in 30 minutes. Your dog’s natural cooling process is ineffective in these conditions.
Dogs overheat much more quickly than humans as they cannot sweat like we can, but instead they pant to dissipate heat and cool their body temperature. This is near impossible to do when the air in their immediate environment is thick and hot, as it is in a hot car. Your dog’s normal body temperature is about 38.5°C. Their body can withstand a higher temperature for only a short amount of time before irreversible damage is done.
Wednesday, 28 November, 2012
Innovation is essential with fundraising. In challenging times, finding more imaginative ways to meet our financial commitments is paramount. One solution is to, literally, trade on our good name. This year, we are approaching things from the other end, and putting our name to a line of dog poop bags.
Many dog owners will already be familiar with the little pouch now branded with the SPCA logo made by ezeco. What many dog owners may not know is that a portion from the sale of each pouch or pack of bags is donated to SPCA New Zealand.
Sunday, 4 November, 2012
A family cat deliberately cut up in Timaru, a tethered pet goat stabbed to death in Greymouth, a climbing carabiner threaded through the neck of a dog in Rotorua, and in Wellington, several boys kick and hit a small terrier cross dog with a cricket bat. These are just four of more than thirty grievously inhumane acts of abuse and neglect of animals that make up the 2012 SPCA List of Shame.
“Violence towards animals both co-occurs and is a predictor of violence towards humans”, says Robyn Kippenberger, National Chief Executive of SPCA New Zealand. “The sheer level of violence meted out on animals by some of the perpetrators in the cases in this year’s List of Shame is shocking, and underlying of wider issues in New Zealand.”
Friday, 2 November, 2012
The reduction of days of sale has failed to save the animals that are affected each year.
Last year the SPCA was made aware of distressed and lost animals with fireworks starting well before the date of first sale, indicating that people had stockpiled from the previous year. With 1135 tonnes of fireworks imported last year, extended use is expected again this year.
The SPCA advises animal owners to take special precautions to protect their pets over the Guy Fawkes season, however responsible owners cannot be expected to keep animals confined indefinitely.