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The SPCA 2016 List of Shame

 

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Our SPCA Inspectors see many cases of horrible animal abuse, neglect and cruelty. This List of Shame is the culmination of these – the very worst cases the SPCA has investigated and prosecuted this year.

Last year our SPCA Inspectors investigated a record 15,219 animal welfare complaints. Running the SPCA Inspectorate costs approximately $9 million each year, and we receive no direct government​ funding to do this vital work.

This week we’re asking all New Zealanders to give for justice and donate generously here.


1. A Christchurch man convicted of wilfully ill-treating his six month old puppy was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and disqualified from owning any animals for life.

Over a period of six weeks he inflicted severe and widespread blunt force trauma injuries on his puppy. She had over 11 fractures, including her lower jaw, both thigh bones, multiple head and rib fractures, and fractures on three out of four legs. She had massive swelling and distortion to her face and head, could not see out of her right eye and could not open her jaw. She was also in emaciated body condition with muscle loss present over her whole body. Sadly, due to immediate welfare concerns and the grave long-term outlook the puppy had to be euthanased.

2. A Te Kuiti man convicted of wilfully ill-treating his dog was sentenced to 4 months community detention, fined $1,500.00, ordered to pay reparations of $344.84 and disqualified from owning dogs for a period of 10 years.

The man was seen by a number of witnesses beating his dog. When SPCA Inspectors arrived, the dog was found to be in mild shock, had obvious bruising and swelling around her left hind limb, was bleeding from both nostrils, had swollen eyes and ears, a puncture wound on her forehead and bloody diarrhea and urine. In the care of the SPCA the dog has made a full recovery and was adopted by her foster family.

3. A Horowhenua woman convicted of ill-treating her horse was sentenced to 120 hours community work, ordered to pay reparations of
$492.50 and disqualified from owning horses for a period of 2 years. When SPCA Inspectors found the horse it had collapsed and was
very underweight. Sadly the horse’s condition was so severe he was euthanised on humane grounds. A veterinary examination
showed the horse was suffering malnutrition, parasites and gastric inflammation.


4. A Shannon man convicted of recklessly ill-treating two bull calves was sentenced to 200 hours community work, ordered to pay $712.40 in reparations and $750.00 in solicitor costs and disqualified from owning production animals for a period of 5 years.
When SPCA Inspectors visited his property they found one calf dead against a fence, and a second collapsed and unable to stand. His condition so severe that he had to be euthanased. Both calves were emaciated and found to be suffering from chronic malnutrition and a severe internal parasite burden.

5. A stray puppy was taken in to the Rotorua SPCA. The puppy could not stand and was unresponsive. He was covered in severe mange, emaciated and suffered from parvovirus – a very contagious and painful illness for dogs.

The puppy had to be euthanased on humane grounds and the person or persons responsible have never been located.


6. An Auckland woman convicted of wilfully ill-treating her dog was sentenced to 120 hours community work, ordered to pay $1000.00 in reparations and disqualified from owning animals for a period of 10 years.

When SPCA Inspectors found the dog, she was chained up, emaciated, had demodectic mange, ringworm, bi-lateral chronic ear infections and chronic anaemia as a result of an extremely high parasite burden. In the care of the SPCA the dog has made a full recovery and now leads a happy, healthy life.

7. A Christchurch man convicted of ill-treating his dog was sentenced to 200 hours community work, ordered to pay reparations of $626.00 and disqualified from owning dogs for a period of 5 years.
The man got drunk and hit his dog with a spade, breaking both bones in her left leg. The next day, despite being aware of his dog’s injuries he did not seek veterinary treatment because he was afraid of the repercussions. The dog’s injury was too severe and her leg needed to be amputated.

8. A Wellington man was charged with deserting an animal with no provision for its need after deserting four young kittens in mid-winter on the side of the road. He was disqualified from owning or exercising authority in respect of any cats or kittens for five years, and was sentenced to 80-hours community work, reparations of $614.52, and $100 to the SPCA towards legal expenses.
In the care of the SPCA all four kittens recovered from the ordeal and were adopted by new families.

9. An Auckland woman was charged with failing to ensure that the physical, health and behavioural needs of her animals were met. Her two dogs were found living inside a garage in very thin body condition, dehydrated significant muscle atrophy. Her two cats were confined inside a single crate in filthy conditions and no food or water.
After receiving medical care at the SPCA Auckland hospital, all four animals were adopted by new families.


10. A Hamilton woman charged with deserting an adult cat and 7 kittens in circumstances in which no provision was made to meet their physical, health and behavioural needs was convicted and sentenced to 120 hours community work, ordered to pay $157.03 in reparations and $200.00 in court costs and disqualified from owning animals for 2 years.

The woman moved out of her Hamilton property and left the cats and kittens behind. When SPCA Inspectors found them almost a month later, all were suffering from a significant flea burden, four kittens were underweight, two kittens had eye infections and two had to be humanely euthanised because they were suffering from a congenital condition, leaving them with maggot infested holes where their tails should have been.


11. An Ashhurst man was convicted of ill-treating his dog and sentenced to a fine of $1,875.00, ordered to pay $162.50 in reparations, $130.00 court costs and $300.00 solicitor costs.

The man, a farmer with more than 30 years’ farming experience, noticed some fly eggs on his elderly working dog and used disinfectant to kill them. He didn’t check to see if it had worked and two days later SPCA Inspectors found the dog unresponsive to both voice and touch. He was suffering from a severe maggot infestation from the base of his tail to his shoulder blades, and the skin along his back was oozing a bloody discharge. Due to the dog’s condition and it being likely he was also suffering from septic shock, he was humanely euthanised.

12. A Hamilton woman charged with failing to ensure that the physical health and behavioural needs of her cat were met was convicted and sentenced to a fine of $200.00, ordered to pay $558.46 in reparations, legal costs of $200.00 and disqualified from owning animals for a period of 5 years.

The woman failed to provide veterinary treatment for a large open wound across the cat’s shoulders, which required surgery and antibiotics. Fortunately after vet care the cat made a full recovery and was re-homed.

13. Canterbury SPCA Inspectors attended a property in Northcote, Christchurch and discovered one dog who had recently died of starvation being eaten by two surviving dogs, both of whom were emaciated. One was so bad she was recumbent and her body had begun to shut down. Sadly both dogs had to be euthanised on humane grounds. The person or persons responsible have never been located.

14. An Opotiki man charged with failing to provide veterinary treatment for his dog was convicted and sentenced to a $1000.00 fine, ordered to pay $337.02 in reparations and $150.00 in solicitor costs and disqualified from owning companion animals for a period of 1 year.

The man failed to provide veterinary treatment for his dog who had a fractured leg. When the SPCA offered assistance and provided initial veterinary treatment, he hid the dog until it was eventually found and taken in to the possession of an SPCA Inspector. The dog was suffering degenerative joint disease, possible ligament rupture, ongoing chronic pain and disability and sadly had to be euthanised on humane grounds.

15. A Palmerston North man charged with using a prohibited trap for the purpose of capturing an animal was convicted and sentenced to a $500.00 fine, ordered to pay court costs of $130.00 and solicitor costs of $250.00.

The man set a prohibited long spring leg hold trap on his property in suburban Palmerston North for the purpose of capturing cats to protect his garden. He caught his neighbour’s cat causing two fractures in its paw. The cat underwent surgery and thankfully made a full recovery.

 

Have your say on Guy Fawkes

 

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The SPCA and NZ Companion Animal Council would like to know about your animal's experiences with fireworks in order to better understand the impact that they may have.

We have created a short anonymous survey that should take no longer than five minutes of your time.

Please help in this important research by taking the time to fill in the survey online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/animalsandfireworks

The survey will be available from today until the 30th of November. Please share with your friends and family and encourage them to help too!

SPCA’s Top Tips for Animals and Guy Fawkes:

• Never let fireworks off close to animals.
• Think about staying home to reassure and comfort your pets; they will be much less stressed with someone they trust close by. Alternatively, find a reliable person who will stay with your pets and look after them.
• Exterior doors and windows should be secured to prevent your pets escaping and running away. Interior doors and curtains/blinds should be closed as this will help muffle the sound of fireworks and prevent your pets being startled by the lights.
• It is a good idea to switch on the radio, television or stereo to distract your pets from the sound of fireworks.
• Take special care of an elderly or nervous animal - speak to your veterinarian before Guy Fawkes about whether calming medication would be suitable.
• Make sure your pet is either microchipped, or has a collar on with up to date contact details in case they are panicked by the fireworks and escape. This will help rescuers reunite you.
• If you have small pets that live outdoors, don’t forget to partly cover cages/pens and aviaries with blankets for sound proofing.
• Move horses and farm animals away from fireworks and make sure all fences are secure. Stable horses where possible.

 

Keep your animals safe and happy this Guy Fawkes

 
fireworksRemember, remember the fifth of November- it’s Guy Fawkes and time to take extra care of your furry companions.

While most humans enjoy the fireworks festivities, many pets unfortunately become highly distressed by fireworks, says SPCA (Acting) Chief Executive Andrea Midgen. The SPCA receives dozens of calls at this time of year relating to fireworks issues including; animal injuries, frightened animals, missing pets and occasionally, abuse of animals.

“The loud noises and bright flashes of light can be very frightening to animals and many animals become highly stressed by them,” Midgen says. “This can sadly lead to animals running away and going missing, injuring themselves or becoming susceptible to traffic accidents. We urge pet owners to keep their pets inside and safe on Guy Fawkes Night.”

Planning ahead for Guy Fawkes is key, Midgen says. “Be aware of Guy Fawkes Night and create a strategy for your animals. Making sure your pet has company, is kept inside and has proper identification are just a few easy ways that you can ensure the safety and happiness of your pet.”

While the SPCA does not support the private sale and use of fireworks and has long called for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public, those planning to set off fireworks in their homes should consider speaking to their neighbours, or leaving a note in their letterbox, so that those with pets can prepare accordingly.

“We ask people without pets to be aware of the stress their use of fireworks can cause others in their neighbourhood and act considerately,” Midgen says. She also encouraged people to attend controlled public fireworks displays rather than using fireworks at home.

Unfortunately the public sale of fireworks ensures that there is no 'set' day for fireworks to be used and therefore pet owners must remain vigilant at all times.

SPCA’s Top Tips for Animals and Guy Fawkes:

• Never let fireworks off close to animals.
• Think about staying home to reassure and comfort your pets; they will be much less stressed with someone they trust close by. Alternatively, find a reliable person who will stay with your pets and look after them.
• Exterior doors and windows should be secured to prevent your pets escaping and running away. Interior doors and curtains/blinds should be closed as this will help muffle the sound of fireworks and prevent your pets being startled by the lights.
• It is a good idea to switch on the radio, television or stereo to distract your pets from the sound of fireworks.
• Take special care of an elderly or nervous animal - speak to your veterinarian before Guy Fawkes about whether calming medication would be suitable.
• Make sure your pet is either microchipped, or has a collar on with up to date contact details in case they are panicked by the fireworks and escape. This will help rescuers reunite you.
• If you have small pets that live outdoors, don’t forget to partly cover cages/pens and aviaries with blankets for sound proofing.
• Move horses and farm animals away from fireworks and make sure all fences are secure. Stable horses where possible.

SPCA List of Shame shines spotlight on animal cruelty

 
Te Kuiti man beforeA puppy who suffered 11 fractures, endured massive swelling to her face and could not open her jaw following a brutal beating by her Christchurch-based owner is just one of the horrific cases included in this year’s SPCA List of Shame.

The annual list highlights New Zealand’s shameful animal abuse track record and is being released ahead of the 2016 SPCA Annual Appeal, the organisation’s biggest fundraising event. Running between Monday 7 and Sunday 13 November, the Appeal aims to raise awareness of animal welfare issues and the ongoing need for education to help prevent cruelty to animals.

SPCA Chief Executive (Acting) Andrea Midgen says the List of Shame highlights some of the worst animal abuse offences, but it’s still only the tip of the iceberg.

“Our SPCA Inspectors investigated a record 15,219 animal welfare complaints last year.. This List of Shame is the culmination of these – the very worst cases of horrible animal abuse, neglect and cruelty,” Ms Midgen says.

This year’s list includes heartbreaking and cowardly animal abuse acts including a Horowhenua woman whose horse had collapsed and was so malnourished it had to be euthanised; a Hamilton woman who failed to seek vet treatment for a large, painful open wound on her cat’s shoulder and an Auckland dog owner whose dog was discovered chained up, emaciated and suffering from mange, ringworm, chronic ear infections and anaemia.

“SPCA Inspectors are the last hope for many of New Zealand’s abused animals, but we need the public’s help to continue this vital work. Running the SPCA Inspectorate costs approximately $9 million each year, and we receive no direct government funding. The funds raised during the Annual Appeal help us work towards a New Zealand in which there’s no List of Shame,” says Ms Midgen.

Thanks to the work of SPCA Inspectors, some of the animals on this year’s List of Shame survived to have a second chance at a happy, healthy life.

This was the case for Selena, a nine year old Samoyed and face of this year’s Annual Appeal. Selena was rescued by an SPCA Inspector after she was discovered starving and living in an Auckland garage. She had never spent any time outdoors and was just eight kilos - half of what a healthy Samoyed should have weighed.

After being rescued by an SPCA Inspector, Selena was nursed back to health while in the care of the SPCA and eventually found their forever homes with a new adoptive families. Today Selena’s days are spent playing at the beach and enjoying cuddles from her loving family.

Donations to this year’s SPCA Annual Appeal can be made to street collectors around the country from Monday 11 November, or click here to make a donation online.

Violent attack on a puppy leads to amputation of leg

SPCA Canterbury Christoper Cross June 2016 Buddy smallerA Christchurch man who went on a violent rampage resulting in the beating and eventual amputation of a puppy’s leg was convicted of willful ill-treatment of an animal today and sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for his actions.

Christopher Cross, 26, plead guilty to all charges and was charged with 10 months imprisonment and disqualified from owning animals for a period of five years/

Chief Executive Officer for the Canterbury SPCA, Barry Helem, welcomed the sentence. “This was a senseless act of violence that undoubtedly caused untold pain and distress to the puppy involved.”

On the morning of 12 May 2015 the Christchurch City Council received a call from a member of the public who reported hearing a man, at a property in Woolston, yelling and swearing followed by loud “cracking blows” and a dog yelping.

The Christchurch City Council phoned the Canterbury SPCA and two Inspectors were dispatched immediately to look into the situation.

Upon their arrival Mr Cross first told the Inspectors that he was in the shower when he heard his puppy yelping. He claimed he then went outside to investigate and found him covered in dirt and injured.

The puppy, a black 5 month old Labrador cross named ‘Buddy’, was extremely fearful when approached by the Inspectors. “The puppy was wet, covered in mud and in obvious distress,” said Jamie Hancock, SPCA Inspector. “His hip looked injured and he could not put any weight on his left hind leg.”

The SPCA Inspectors immediately took the puppy into their care and sought urgent veterinary care. An examination and x-trays revealed considerable bruising, several fractures to his left hind leg and lung contusions.

The veterinarian concluded that the puppy’s injuries were consistent with multiple impacts involving significant force and that he would have suffered considerable pain and distress.

The puppy’s hind leg was amputated and following his recovery he was later rehomed by the SPCA.