Wednesday, 13 April, 2016
We are excited to share some amazing animal stories with you this month, including a dramatic six-day animal rescue and the transformation of a dying kitten.
We ask for your help to spread the word about a long-stay dog and an ex-harness racing horse who are looking for loving homes.
You can read about how we achieved justice for a dog who was badly beaten by her owner, which would not be possible without the help of our dedicated supporters.
Rodeo season has ended and, thanks to more than 62,000 New Zealanders who signed our petition, we hope that it will be the last one ever.
Read our April newsletter here.
Thursday, 7 April, 2016
SPCA New Zealand opposes colony cages for hen farming because the cages do not meet the welfare needs of the animals.
Like SPCAs around the world, SPCA New Zealand opposes the use of battery and colony cages for hens and has made these views clear to the industry and the Government. Some European countries have banned cages and some major supermarket chains overseas refuse to take eggs from farms where hens are caged.
“Colony cages are bigger than battery cages but they contain more birds. So the amount of space per animal is still very small – about the size of an A4 piece of paper,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.
Wednesday, 6 April, 2016
A Te Kuiti man was sentenced to four months community detention yesterday for beating his dog so badly that she had blood in her urine.
Tautu Thompson, 23, was convicted today in the Te Kuiti District Court on a charge of wilful ill-treatment of an animal with the result that the animal was seriously injured or impaired. He was sentenced to four months community detention with an 8pm to 5am curfew, disqualified from owning dogs for 10 years, fined $1,500, and ordered to pay veterinary costs of $344.84.
The Judge also ordered that the dog be forfeited to SPCA New Zealand, along with any other dogs currently owned by the defendant.
Friday, 1 April, 2016
The SPCA says the deaths of around 50 pigs in a blaze this morning highlight the need for animal emergency planning.
Around 50 pigs have been killed in a fire that ripped through a farrowing (birthing) shed at a piggery north of Hamilton this morning.
"This tragedy is a timely reminder that farmers and others working with animals must have robust animal emergency management plans in place," says the chief executive of SPCA New Zealand, Ric Odom.
"At the very least, farmers should have effective smoke alarms, fire extinguisher systems, and evacuation plans."
Read more at Newshub.co.nz.
Thursday, 17 March, 2016
An Opotiki man failed to seek treatment for his dog’s broken leg because he couldn’t afford it, which led to the dog having to be euthanased.
Anaru Tawhai, 25, was convicted today in Opotiki District Court for failing to ensure an ill or injured animal received treatment to alleviate any unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress. He was disqualified from owning dogs for 12 months and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, $337.02 veterinary costs, and $150 towards legal costs.
The case began on 9 February 2015 when the SPCA received a complaint about an injured dog at the defendant’s property in Opotiki. The next day an SPCA Inspector visited and found a tan and white, young adult dog on the property. The dog, named ‘Boy’, was unable to bear weight normally on its left hind leg, which showed pronounced muscle wastage that indicated the injury was not fresh.