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Raising your dog the right way

Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

If there's a silver lining to be found in the furore over controversial comments made by the head of the Auckland branch of the SPCA, it's that Bob Kerridge has at least got people talking about the responsibilities of dog ownership.

"You might recall that really what prompted this was official stats that came out around the number of dog attacks, and particularly south Auckland seems to have some quite high incidence of that," Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand, said on Firstline this morning.

Read more about dog attacks in the Auckland region and responsible dog ownership at

Shock at dogs stolen from SPCA for dog fighting

Wednesday, 14 January, 2015

The prospect of dogs being stolen and used for dog fighting has the Gore community and police demanding answers.

It all started with a staffordshire terrier called Polly, who was taken from SPCA Gore and returned rattled, mauled and fighting for her life.

Her case sparked a massive response on social media with many believing that Polly was taken by dog fighters to be used as bait to train another dog how to kill.

Read more about Polly and the police investigation at

SPCA chief goes on hunger strike over starving dogs

Monday, 17 November, 2014

A veteran Whangarei SPCA inspector has gone on hunger strike after finding seven starving dogs in a single month – some of which have since died or had to be put down.

Chief Inspector Francine Shields says in 23 years, she has never had to deal with so many neglected pooches.

"In Whangarei, generally we would see maybe one or two a month at this extreme state of starvation, and I'm sure that's the same throughout the country," she said on Firstline this morning. "Why we are seeing an increased number all of a sudden is of a great concern to us."

Read more about Ms Shields' hunger strike at

Animal abuse: SPCA releases list of shame

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SPCA New Zealand has chronicled the worst cases of animal abuse in the past year in its annual List of Shame.

Chief Executive Officer Ric Odom said he hoped the list would open eyes to the way some animals were treated.

"It's not about making people feel sick with what they read, it's about saying 'this is what goes on, this is what happens to animals," he said.

Read more about the SPCA List of Shame at

Click here for the 2014 SPCA List of Shame.