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Animal Welfare Act 1999

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The SPCA is the only charity with the legal powers to help animals in need, and bring animal offenders to justice. Our Inspectors are authorised under the Animal Welfare Act 1999 to protect all animals from abuse, neglect and abandonment.

SPCA Inspectors work on the front line seven days a week, 365 days a year, acting as law enforcers to ensure the safety of New Zealand's vulnerable animals. If there has been a deliberate act of violence or neglect, our Inspectors seek justice through the courts, acting as the voice for animals.

The most common complaints our Inspectors investigate are in relation to the failure to provide adequate food, water, veterinary treatment or shelter.


Education and Advice

In many cases our Inspectors are able to work with the community to ensure the right outcome for an animal. Education and advice is our first preference as through education we improve the care of animals long term in the community.


Compliance Orders and Written Warnings

Sometimes we need to provide more support with specific guidance or support materials to help people meet their obligations. Other cases require a formal approach with specific directions and instructions to comply.


Animal Welfare Act Review

The Animal Welfare Act 1999 has been under review and we have been working hard to achieve real change through improved welfare standards, which will ultimately improve the lives of animals across New Zealand. We have made detailed submissions to parliament and will continue to represent animals during both the review of the act and its implementation.