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Trade Me considering Code of Conduct on animal sales

Tuesday, 14 April, 2015

Trade Me is looking at implementing a code of conduct on the sale of animals in response to a campaign against so called puppy mills.

Ric Odom, Chief Executive Officer of SPCA New Zealand, talked to Carolyn Press-McKenzie, the founder of HUHA, and John Duffy, the head of Trust and Safety at Trade Me.

Listen to the interview at radionz.co.nz.

SPCA to launch nationwide animal-tracking software

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The SPCA is set to launch a Plunket book for animals.

Shelter Buddy is a software system to track animals brought into SPCA shelters and keep a record of their welfare through their lives.

The animal welfare group likens it to the health software used by medical professionals - except Shelter Buddy is for dogs, cats and every other creature their inspectors or volunteers deal with.

Read more about the Shelter Buddy system at stuff.co.nz.

Supermarket cards aid SPCA

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They're small, come in sets of four and are a proven success with the kids.

Countdown is launching its new collection of Super Animals collectable sound cards today. The initiative is to raise funds for SPCA New Zealand. The card collection depicts animals from around the globe, providing information about different species and, with the purchase of an additional speaker, project sounds from each animal.

Four cards are given out for every $20 spent at Countdown. An album is also available for purchase for $9 with $1 from every album going towards the Shelter Buddy system - an initiative headed by the SPCA.

Read more about the Shelter Buddy system at nzherald.co.nz.

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 3news.co.nz.

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 tvnz.co.nz.