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Weight gain is a BIG problem for New Zealand pets

SD Canine Perfect Weight croppedWednesday, 11 November, 2015

It's not just New Zealanders who are suffering from obesity. Pets are too, with over 40% of dogs and over 30% of cats estimated to be clinically overweight or obese1,2.

Extra weight is a significant danger to their health. Cats face the prospect of increasing the risk of serious diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, painful osteoarthritis and urinary disease.

Many of us don’t realise that our pets have a weight problem, and even when we do, we may not be aware of how much it can affect their health and well-being.

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Sione the Shar Pei, successful prosecutions and a rodeo update

Newsletter October15Friday, 16 October, 2015

This month, we discuss two successful prosecutions, the impending rodeo season, and the importance of working with farmers towards sustainable ethical farming.

We say thank you to those who made Cupcake Day such a sweet success and ask you to join us at this year's Annual Appeal.

Plus, we introduce you to Sione the goofy Shar Pei and horses Rosie and Peanut!

Read our October newsletter here.

Take a stand against rodeo cruelty

Newsletter July15Monday, 27 July, 2015

This month, we've joined with SAFE and Farmwatch to call for a ban on rodeos. Show your opposition by signing our petition to end rodeo cruelty in New Zealand for good.

Registrations are now open for SPCA Cupcake Day! Tie on your apron, dust off your mixing bowl, and get practising; it really is the sweetest way to support the SPCA.

Plus, we give you an update on our Appeal cat Mezza, and much more.

Read our July newsletter here.

Whangarei man banned from owning animals

Monday, 27 July, 2015

2ffc99ecbacf760bb3536870bc946944567f5920 620x310A Whangarei man has been banned from owning animals for five years after he pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to ensure an injured animal received treatment to alleviate pain or distress.

Parakoti Engu told an SPCA inspector he was "too busy" with his winning rugby league team to deal with his severely injured dog Tank, who was found unconscious on the road.

Tank was left for two days after being injured. An SPCA vet found he was suffering two fractures to his skull, a spinal compression, lacerations and tenderness over his body, consistent with being hit by a car. Unfortunately Tank couldn't recover from the extent of his injuries and the difficult decision was made to end his suffering.

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