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Levin woman sentenced for starving horse to death

Monday, 18 July, 2016

Levin woman sentenced for starving horse to deathA Levin woman allowed a horse in her care to slowly starve to death and is implicated in the death of another horse.

Te Ara Smiler, 31, pleaded guilty in the Levin District Court to a charge of ill treatment of an animal causing the animal to suffer unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress. She was sentenced to 120 hours of community work, ordered to pay veterinarian costs of $492.50, and disqualified for 5 years from owning or exercising authority over horses.

“The SPCA sees far too many unnecessary deaths of animals caused by neglect,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.

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SPCA launches school education programme to reduce animal abuse

SPCA Education ProgrammeWednesday, 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.

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Woman failed to treat 10cm x 10cm wound on cat

Thursday, 30 June, 2016

The fully recovered catA 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.

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New NZVA rodeo policy gets SPCA thumbs up

Wednesday, 15 June, 2016

option 3SPCA New Zealand congratulates the New Zealand Veterinary Association on its new rodeos policy, which calls for a re-evaluation of the use of animals in rodeos.

The NZVA also expresses concern about some rodeo practices. Specifically, rodeo events that involve the use of young animals (calf roping) or forcible physical restraint of mature animals that may result in musculoskeletal injuries and pain (steer wrestling, team roping) – a view shared by the SPCA.

“We agree that rodeos can pose serious threats to the physical wellbeing of the animals involved, especially young animals, and we congratulate the NZVA for highlighting these important issues,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA NZ.

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Shannon farmer starves calves to death – again

Tuesday, 14 June, 2016

Image of the second calf who was subsequently euthanisedA Shannon farmer has been convicted for the second time for neglecting calves until they die.

Carl Smith, 56, was convicted today in the Palmerston North District Court on charges of reckless ill-treatment of two calves, one of which died of starvation and the other had to be euthanised to end its suffering.

He was sentenced to 200 hours of community work, ordered to pay reparations of $712.40 and $750.00 towards solicitor’s costs, and disqualified in relation to production animals for five years.

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