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Animal abuse: SPCA releases list of shame

animalabuse 620x310Sunday, 2 November, 2014

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

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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Meet Elise and Becky

Thursday, 12 June, 2014

elsiebeckyWe received this fantastic letter and photo from young Elise and her 15-year-old Labrador, Becky.

Elise is thanking SPCA for helping animals and outlines her concerns for animal abuse.


Dear SPCA,

Hi, my name is Elise, and I LOVE every single type of animal in the world (especially dogs) and I am very against animal abuse. It makes me sick.

I have put in a picture of my dog Becky at the beach wearing her favourite hat.

I think ANYONE that hurts animals in any way should be put in jail because beating up dogs because they don't sit is JUST like beating up another human.

My dog Becky is 15 years old (about 108 in human years) and she is a golden lab. Just like me, Becky is very against animal abuse. That's why she wears her SPCA hat.

Yours sincerely,

Elise Maric