Wednesday, 21 January, 2015
On 3 September 2014, 37-year-old Tauranga man Jarrod Wharekawa tied ‘Temtem’, his 5-month-old Staffordshire Terrier crossbred puppy, to the back of his ute and drove off. Somewhere down the road, Temtem jumped or fell off and was dragged along the road for some distance.
Wharekawa took the puppy to a vet clinic where the veterinarian observed that the flesh on its right hind leg had been ripped open to expose the bone, which had been snapped in two.
Tendons were severed or missing and the bone had been ground down significantly by the road surface. The skin on the puppy’s rear and other places on its body had been rubbed raw exposing the flesh underneath. The veterinarian suspected the pelvis was also fractured.
Wharekawa refused to accept the veterinarian’s advice that euthanasia was the best option to end the puppy’s suffering. So the puppy was released under strict instructions for it to be returned for further assessment the following morning. Following Wharekawa’s failure to return with the puppy, the clinic informed SPCA Tauranga.
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.
Thursday, 18 December, 2014
SPCA New Zealand applauds the ban on the sale and use of glueboard traps in New Zealand.
Glueboard traps are boards with a sticky glue layer that are used to capture and hold live rodents. The SPCA considers the level of pain or distress caused to animals trapped on glueboards to be unreasonable and says that adequate alternatives are available.
Monday, 17 November, 2014
A veteran Whangarei SPCA inspector has gone on hunger strike after finding seven starving dogs in a single month – some of which have since died or had to be put down.
Chief Inspector Francine Shields says in 23 years, she has never had to deal with so many neglected pooches.
"In Whangarei, generally we would see maybe one or two a month at this extreme state of starvation, and I'm sure that's the same throughout the country," she said on Firstline this morning. "Why we are seeing an increased number all of a sudden is of a great concern to us."
Read more about Ms Shields' hunger strike at 3news.co.nz.
Tuesday, 4 November, 2014
SPCA New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Ric Odom shared some tricks of the trade to calm animals during the firework season.
Watch the Breakfast interview at tvnz.co.nz.