Animal abuse on the increase
A hard-line approach to animal abuse has seen more cases reported to police in the past year.
According to Auckland district crime statistics released on Tuesday, 14 animal abuse cases were reported in 2007, compared to six cases the year before.
Auckland SPCA chief executive Bob Kerridge says the rise is due to the organisation’s harder approach to abusers.
“In the past 12 months we’ve adopted a zero tolerance approach. Whereas before we might have issued warnings, we are now tending to take people to court.
“It’s not that there’s more abuse going on, although there’s certainly not less.”
Previously the focus was on educating offenders in the hope they would stop the abuse.
But Mr Kerridge says prosecution helps reinforce the message that animal abuse will not be tolerated.
“Reporting high-profile cases when they occur and when we take them to court creates a much greater awareness of what’s going on.”
The most recent prosecution saw Manurewa woman Martine Genet found guilty on five counts of failing to alleviate pain and suffering for the five kittens in her care.
On March 18 she was sentenced to a month in jail and disqualified from owning animals for 10 years.