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Te Kuiti man gets community detention for beating dog

Wednesday, 6 April, 2016

1459921039587A Te Kuiti man was sentenced to four months community detention yesterday for beating his dog so badly that she had blood in her urine.

Tautu Thompson, 23, was convicted today in the Te Kuiti District Court on a charge of wilful ill-treatment of an animal with the result that the animal was seriously injured or impaired. He was sentenced to four months community detention with an 8pm to 5am curfew, disqualified from owning dogs for 10 years, fined $1,500, and ordered to pay veterinary costs of $344.84.

The Judge also ordered that the dog be forfeited to SPCA New Zealand, along with any other dogs currently owned by the defendant.

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Lack of money no excuse for neglecting dog with broken leg

Thursday, 17 March, 2016

IMG 3904 webAn Opotiki man failed to seek treatment for his dog’s broken leg because he couldn’t afford it, which led to the dog having to be euthanased.

Anaru Tawhai, 25, was convicted today in Opotiki District Court for failing to ensure an ill or injured animal received treatment to alleviate any unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress. He was disqualified from owning dogs for 12 months and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, $337.02 veterinary costs, and $150 towards legal costs.

The case began on 9 February 2015 when the SPCA received a complaint about an injured dog at the defendant’s property in Opotiki. The next day an SPCA Inspector visited and found a tan and white, young adult dog on the property. The dog, named ‘Boy’, was unable to bear weight normally on its left hind leg, which showed pronounced muscle wastage that indicated the injury was not fresh.

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62,000-strong Ban Rodeo Petition to be handed to Parliament

Thursday, 17 March, 2016

Martinborough 11Today, leading animal advocacy organisations SAFE, SPCA and Farmwatch will be outside Parliament to hand in their joint petition calling for an end to rodeo. The petition will be handed to Green MP Mojo Mathers, calling on the Government to make this the last ever rodeo season. The petition has attracted over 62,000 signatures, a figure the groups say demonstrates the strength of anti-rodeo feeling in New Zealand.

The call comes as the rodeo season draws to a close. The organisations argue that rodeo is both unethical and inherently cruel, saying that animals are routinely grabbed, chased, wrestled and roped in aggressive displays and that they can sustain painful injuries. Two animals have died during events in the New Zealand 2015-2016 rodeo season – a horse in Te Anau and a bull in Richmond.

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Purina: Feeding more animals in need

FB PostImage 1200x900Thursday, 25 February, 2016

SPCA New Zealand is proud to announce an exciting new relationship with Nestlé Purina PetCare. Now the principal cat and dog food partner of SPCA, Purina will be providing meals for as many as 50,000 animals that will go through the 46 SPCA centres around the country annually.

Purina will be supplying over 80,000kgs of canned and dry cat and dog food annually, along with financial support.

Chief Executive Officer of SPCA New Zealand, Ric Odom, says “feeding all of the animals in our care is an enormous daily task and costs a great deal of money. We simply could not achieve what we do without the considerable efforts and support of partners such as Purina.”

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Generous Kiwis dig deep to help animals in need

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016

When it comes to generosity, Kiwis are digging deep when it comes to animals. Generous Kiwis donated more than $74,000 to Animates’ annual Giving Tree Appeal, up by a third on the previous year. The funds raised mean the Mobility Dogs Assistance Trust will be able to help more Kiwis with physical disabilities get the support they deserve, and will allow the SPCA to rescue more animals in need.

Jacqui Baigent, Animates’ National Manager of Brands and Partnerships is grateful for the continued support from pet lovers nationwide, who have once again dug deep to help the Mobility Dogs Assistance Trust and the SPCA.

“We are so appreciative of our wonderful customers for their significant donations to these deserving charities which are so close to our hearts,” said Jacqui.

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