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Canterbury quake

Saturday, 26 February, 2011

New Zealand’s most beautiful city is now in ruins. Its historic buildings are reduced to rubble and will remain but a distant memory. Its very heart has been torn asunder with its beautiful cathedral standing shattered and ruptured. Homes and livelihoods have been destroyed, many forever.

However the human toll is even greater with the tragic loss of so many lives, their numbers growing daily. In addition the trauma of the living who have experienced the devastation will live with them for the rest of their lives. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to them – if we could give them a huge collective hug we would do so.

Amidst the turmoil are the animals. The SPCA has moved swiftly deploying our experienced rescue team to attend to those animals in need, the injured, abandoned, lost and distressed. The SPCA will not be undertaking a fundraising campaign at this time as our current focus is to utilise our expertise and resources to help the animals and their human families. We will, in time, hear from our team on the ground of any resources that may be needed, and if in excess of our ability to provide, we will ask for assistance.

We are with the people and the animals in Christchurch and know that the New Zealand spirit will prevail.

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Proposed hens code unacceptable

Tuesday, 8 February, 2011

SPCA New Zealand does not support the draft Code for Animal Welfare - Layer Hens released today by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF).

The code, developed by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), proposes a phase out of battery cages allowing instead the use of 'enriched' cages.

“A cage is a cage is a cage. These proposed enriched or colony cages offer no significantly better conditions for hens than those they are currently enduring. As such, they are not acceptable,” says Robyn Kippenberger, National Chief Executive of SPCA New Zealand.

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Your dog may be dying from the heat

Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

Summer means jandal weather, holiday weather, barbeque weather, beach weather and park weather. Unfortunately, summer also means hot dog weather for the SPCA.

Every year, too many dogs suffer needlessly in hot cars while their owners stop in at the shops. On a hot day the inside of a car heats up very quickly, a potentially life-threatening situation for any dog inside. Even with the windows slightly open, a car parked in the shade on a 30°C day will heat up to 39°C in 10 minutes. In 30 minutes, the temperature will hit 49°C, and on hotter days it will go even higher.

Locked in a hot car, a dog can only withstand temperatures of over 40°C for a very short amount of time before suffering irreparable brain damage – or even death. A dog cannot sweat like humans can, and is only able to cool itself down by panting. Dogs also need access to plenty of water and cool, fresh air in order to fully moderate their body temperature.

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International honour for SPCA National Chief Executive

Thursday, 16 December, 2010

SPCA New Zealand national chief executive Robyn Kippenberger has been recognised with an international award for her work in saving the lives of abandoned animals.

Ms Kippenberger is one of five recipients of the 2010 Henry Bergh Leadership Award and the first outside the United States to be recognised in its six years.

The SPCA's 'Saving Lives' campaign focuses on reducing the numbers of animals euthanized in centres with the by-line that 'every life is precious'. Ms Kippenberger was instrumental in establishing the nationwide campaign which is led by the SPCA’s national president Bob Kerridge.

The award is presented by the No Kill Advocacy Center in California and is named for Henry Bergh, a 19th century animal advocate who launched the humane movement in the United States.

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Dog killer sentenced to 160 hours' community service

Thursday, 16 December, 2010

SPCA New Zealand describes a convicted dog killer as fortunate he committed the offence prior to the passing of new animal welfare legislation, which allows for tougher sentencing.

The Thames District Court today sentenced Matthew David William Kepa to 160 hours Community Service for killing the dog in a way that involved unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress.

Kepa, who admitted to the offence, has also been ordered to pay $1000 costs to the SPCA, which investigated the case and brought the prosecution.

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