Wednesday, 6 July, 2016
The SPCA has today launched a nationwide education programme into primary and intermediate schools aiming to shape how the next generation of New Zealanders treat animals.
New Zealand has very high levels of animal abuse and every year the SPCA continues to care for thousands of lost, abandoned, injured or abused animals. The organisation recognised it needed something different to break this trend and after significant research, developed the free programme launched today.
Thursday, 30 June, 2016
A Huntly woman failed for several months to seek veterinary treatment for a wound on her cat’s back that eventually grew to measure 10cm x 10cm.
Anatassia Robust, 27, was convicted today in the Huntly District Court on a charge of failing to rapidly diagnose the cat’s significant injury. She was disqualified from owning or having control of animals of all species for five years, and ordered to pay a fine of $200, reparations of $558.46 for veterinary costs, and a $200 contribution towards legal costs. The cat was forfeited to the SPCA.
The case began on 29 April 2015 when two SPCA inspectors visited a property Russell Road, Huntly, following a tip-off. There they saw an adult, grey, domestic shorthaired cat with a large open wound over its shoulders but the cat evaded capture.