Tuesday, 26 October, 2010
The case of a Gisborne man who fed five live kittens to his dog is amongst those cited in SPCA New Zealand’s eighth annual List of Shame, released today.
The 45 listed cases of cruelty also include those of a Pukekohe man who tore the head off a kitten in front of his family, a Southland dog found burnt, bloodied and peeling after being doused in solvent, a Red Bill Gull tortured in a Dunedin supermarket trolley, a Whangarei cat scorched with boiling water, a rabbit swung by its ears in central Auckland and twelve pregnant ewes killed and others badly wounded when vandals drove a vehicle round a South Canterbury farm paddock.
Also on the list are a disturbingly large number of cases involving young offenders, including a Dunedin primary school student caught torturing his neighbour’s hens, an Alexandra eighteen-year-old found shooting a ‘BB’ gun at his dog, a Christchurch youth who committed bestiality with a donkey, two Kaikoura youths who bludgeoned seals to death and four South Auckland boys who repeatedly kicked and punched a puppy and threw it through a basketball hoop.
Sunday, 3 October, 2010
More offenders against animals can expect to be brought to justice, thanks to an SPCA programme aimed at making its animal inspectorate the first such nationwide organisation anywhere to be fully trained in CSI techniques.
Twenty-five inspectors from across New Zealand took part in a CSI training session and crime scene grave excavation, held this weekend in and around Taupo, under the guidance of leading United States Forensic Entomologist and CSI expert, Dr Jason H Byrd.
Dr Byrd is Educational Programme Inspector at the University of Florida’s William R Maples Centre for Forensic Medicine. He also teaches at the university, which is widely recognised as America’s most prominent institution for developing and teaching animal forensics.
Friday, 2 July, 2010
National CEO of SPCA New Zealand, Robyn Kippenberger, says that SPCAs throughout the country applaud the Government for passing the Animal Welfare Amendment Act, which will see increased penalties for the neglect and ill-treatment of animals.
“How we care for our animals is a reflection on our society as a whole and it is important that we take action when they are ill-treated in any way. Recently, we have had to deal with some shocking examples of animal cruelty and neglect and the penalties have not fitted the serious nature of the offences committed.
“The significant rise in penalties, provided by the Act, will give our courts a clear mandate when sentencing and send out the message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated.
“Significantly the PAW JUSTICE group, which last year initiated a petition calling for harsher penalties for animal cruelty, collected more than 70,000 signatures in less than 6 months, proving that the nation agrees with the direction of this new legislation,” she adds.
Tuesday, 1 June, 2010
The new government funding for the inspectorate of SPCA New Zealand will be put to good use preventing the suffering and saving the lives of many more animals, said CEO Robyn Kippenberger.
The four year funding commitment to SPCA New Zealand of $1.2 million announced in the Budget is part of MAF Animal Welfare Compliance and Enforcement planning and will enable the SPCA to better coordinate their inspectorate activities with MAF to provide more comprehensive animal welfare outcomes.
Friday, 19 February, 2010
SPCA New Zealand has expressed disappointment over the sentencing of a Gisborne man who admitted feeding five live kittens to his pitbull dog.
The SPCA also describes the sentence as reinforcing the case for the tougher legislation on animal cruelty currently before Parliament.
The Gisborne District Court this afternoon sentenced Te Ahu Mankelow to five terms of imprisonment of seven months each, to be served concurrently. The court also banned Mankelow from owning animals for ten years and ordered confiscation of collars and chains.