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Dramatic horse rescue in rising flood water

Friday, 10 June, 2016

PoppyToday saw the dramatic rescue of Poppy, a two year old horse who found herself stranded down a steep bank alongside rapidly rising flood water in Otaki Gorge.

This incredible multi-agency operation, including the SPCA’s National Rescue Unit, Massey University’s Veterinary Emergency Response Team, Palmerston North Rescue Emergency Support Team, Wellington Helicopters, local animal control and the Police, saw the horse successfully slung by helicopter to safety on dry land with only seconds to spare.

The stranded horse was spotted early on Friday morning and a call was put in to the SPCA’s National Rescue Unit at 8.30am. SPCA Wellington hosts the national specialist team and its Chief Executive Steve Glassey says the decision to deploy the team along with mutual aid partners was given urgency as the river was rapidly rising due to flash flooding.

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New bobby calves regulations good but could go further

Friday, 10 June, 2016

Gore farmer Bridget Lowry, who last year defended farmers' treatment of calves, with her white galloway calf Suzie

New animal welfare regulations announced today by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) contain some good initiatives but do not go far enough to protect ‘bobby calves’, according to SPCA New Zealand.

“SPCA NZ is pleased MPI has implemented some of the changes we have advocated, but we believe that MPI has missed an opportunity to go further to protect the interests of these vulnerable animals,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA NZ.

“We applaud MPI for banning transportation of bobby calves across Cook Strait, requiring bobby calves to be able to walk on and off transport trucks under their own power, and ensuring shelter to protect bobby calves ‘from adverse weather, including extremes of heat and cold’. These are excellent initiatives that will do much to improve the welfare of bobby calves.

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Could tomorrow be the last day for rodeo in New Zealand?

Wednesday, 1 June, 2016

2015 Rodeo SAFE banner 1400x629

Leading animal advocacy organisations hope tomorrow could spell the end for rodeo in New Zealand as the government convenes to consider animal welfare concerns. The discussions on 2 June involve a formal hearing with a Select Committee mulling over a ban on rodeo.

The Select Committee hearing will include an address from SAFE, SPCA New Zealand, and Farmwatch. The groups formed a coalition that collected over 62,000 signatures, demonstrating widespread support for a rodeo ban and prompting the government to consider the issue. Now they say the level of opposition to rodeo is greater than ever before.

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Man sentenced for botched home castration on dog

Thursday, 26 May, 2016

Snoopy before 1200A 33-year-old Hamilton man was sentenced today for performing a home castration on a dog that went horribly wrong.

The defendant was convicted in the Hamilton District Court on a charge of performing a significant surgical procedure on an animal despite not being a veterinarian. He was sentenced to 150 hours community work, fined $350, and ordered to pay $500 towards legal costs and reparations of $442.40. He was also disqualified from owning animals for five years.

“The SPCA wants to highlight this case to deter other people from attempting to castrate their dogs at home,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand. “It’s a job for a qualified vet. Pet owners attempting to do the procedure themselves can lead to very serious health consequences for the animal involved. In other words: please don’t do this at home.”

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Man who caught pet cat in leg hold trap convicted

Friday, 20 May, 2016

13227188 10154284523658606 1646451356309765888 nA Palmerston North man has been sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court for capturing a pet cat in a serrated leg hold trap on his property.

Paul Parsons was convicted on a charge of using a prohibited trap for the purpose of capturing an animal. He was fined $500 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs and a $250 contribution to legal costs.

“The Animal Welfare (Leg Hold traps) Order 2007 has prohibited the use of size 1½ long-spring, leg hold traps since 1 January 2009,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.

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