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SPCA renews calls for fireworks ban

Monday, 3 November, 2014

SPCA New Zealand welcomes the select committee meeting on Guy Fawkes morning to consider banning the public sale of fireworks.

"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," says SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom.

"Fireworks and animals simply don't mix. The loud bangs and bright flashes are very frightening to animals and many become highly stressed by them."

"We urge pet owners to keep their pets inside and safe on Guy Fawkes Night. But equally we ask people without pets to be aware of the stress their use of fireworks is likely to be causing in their neighbourhood."

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Animal abuse: SPCA releases list of shame

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SPCA New Zealand has chronicled the worst cases of animal abuse in the past year in its annual List of Shame.

Chief Executive Officer Ric Odom said he hoped the list would open eyes to the way some animals were treated.

"It's not about making people feel sick with what they read, it's about saying 'this is what goes on, this is what happens to animals," he said.

Read more about the SPCA List of Shame at

Click here for the 2014 SPCA List of Shame.

Ric Odom: SPCA Annual Appeal

Sunday, 2 November, 2014

The SPCA Annual Appeal begins on Monday 3 November, and this year the SPCA needs to raise $500,000 to allow their National Inspectorate team to continue rescuing animals in need.

Ric Odom, Chief Executive Officer of SPCA New Zealand, talked with Mark Sainsbury.

Listen to the interview at

Steel pipe dog beating earns prison sentence

Monday, 13 October, 2014

A Dannevirke man who beat his dog to death with a steel pipe has been sentenced to prison.

Perry Pepere Mason, 45, was today convicted in the Wairoa District Court of wilful ill treatment of an animal with the result that the animal died. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison and disqualified from owning dogs for three years.

On 12 June 2013 the Tararua District Council received two telephone calls. In the first, a member of the public reported a man in Dannevirke beating a dog with a weapon as if he was “chopping wood”. In the second phone call nine minutes later, the caller advised the council that the dog was dead.

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Meet SPCA Inspector Sue

suebaudetThursday, 28 August, 2014

What do Inspectors do? Why is there a need for them?

Sixteen years ago, advertising sales executive Sue Baudet had an epiphany. She decided that her role selling advertising space was not, in itself, as fulfilling as it could be. What was it that she thought really mattered to her most? Animals - was her undisputed answer.

Now Sue helps lead and support 83 SPCA Inspectors across New Zealand - from bustling Auckland city to remoter places such as Gore. Sue nurtures all of these qualified practitioners - those who speak for animals, who we all know, cannot speak for themselves.

Is this fulfilling? Oh yes.

Is it difficult? Well... yes.

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