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New animal welfare legislation working

Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

Over the past week, two animal abusers have received prison sentences of 18 months and banned for 10 years and for life from owning animals.

“The new sentencing structure for the Animal Welfare Act, passed into legislation by unanimous parliamentary vote in July 2010, has already delivered two significant results in the past week” says Robyn Kippenberger, National Chief Executive of SPCA New Zealand.

Two cases of extreme animal abuse were heard in courts, the first, a puppy killing in Te Kuiti and yesterday judgement was passed on a case of kitten abuse in Te Awamutu. Both delivered 18 month sentences, surpassing any previous custodial period achieved by at least six months.

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Dunedin resident receives SPCA's Silver Medal

Monday, 23 May, 2011

When Alan Diack was first appointed a MAF stock inspector at Kurow in 1956, he little imagined he would still be deeply involved in caring for animals more than half a century later.

The Dunedin resident's long and distinguished career was celebrated by SPCA New Zealand at its National Conference in Wellington earlier this month, when he was awarded the SPCA's Silver Medal for his outstanding contribution to animal welfare at a local level.

"I'll be 80 later this year and no way did it occur to me, back in 1956, that I was starting down a path that would take me to this point," says the recently-retired veteran.

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'Heart and soul' win award for SPCA Central Hawke's Bay

Tuesday, 17 May, 2011

Most of us would prefer a whole week of Fridays to a whole week of Mondays. And that's just what SPCA Central Hawke's Bay achieved when it stretched its Free Feline Friday out for seven days, finding loving homes for 30 adult cats.

The promotion was just one of the reasons why SPCA New Zealand honoured its Central Hawke's Bay Centre in Waipukurau with a coveted inaugural Savings Lives Award at the SPCA's National Conference in Wellington on 7th May.

Another was an ongoing series of Snip & Chip weeks, with de-sexing and micro-chipping of dogs and cats provided at a steeply reduced fee.

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