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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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Help us find a home for super mum Ruby

Friday, 15 July, 2016

Read our July newsletterWe have some wonderful animal stories to share with you this month, including the dramatic rescue of Poppy the horse.

We invite you to explore our brand new Education hub for New Zealand kids, and to join thousands of other Kiwis as they help us fight cruelty with cupcakes.

We prosecute a woman who failed to seek veterinary treatment for her cat, causing unnecessary pain and suffering.

You also have a chance to win a GoPro HERO4 and a year's supply of pet food thanks to our national food sponsor, Purina.

Read our July newsletter here.

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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Kitten breeding season extends into winter

Wednesday, 15 June, 2016

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SPCA Centres around the country are keeping kitten units open much longer than usual to accommodate higher numbers of kittens in their care.

SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom​ said unseasonable weather, seen across the country in April and May, seems to have extended the typical breeding season of cats.

Odom encouraged anyone interested in adopting a cat or kitten to check out their local SPCA first, to see if they might be able to rescue a pet in need of a home.

Read the fully story at Stuff.co.nz.