SPCA calls for fight­ing fund cash

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Han­nah Nor­ton

Auck­land’s SPCA has started a prose­cu­tion fund to fight the rise in bru­tal an­i­mal cru­elty cases.

Gen­eral man­ager David Lloyd-Barker says the most re­cent cases of an­i­mal cru­elty show the lev­els of sick­en­ing bru­tal­ity hu­mans are still ca­pa­ble of.

“A cat shot with a cross­bow bolt, a live goat tied to a car and dragged around the streets and a dog beaten sense­less, stran­gled and stabbed be­fore fi­nally dy­ing and be­ing bar­be­cued ... th­ese are not the acts of nor­mal peo­ple and they must be pun­ished for their bar­baric cru­elty.”

In the past 12 months the SPCA has pros­e­cuted more than 40 peo­ple un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act, a process which can cost up to $10,000 each.

One case is Eve, the one-year-old ridge back cross puppy locked un­der her owner’s Glen Innes house and left to starve for at least five weeks.

The SPCA in­spec­tor who found her said she was the thinnest dog he’d seen in the nine years he’d been with the SPCA.

Eve’s owner Paulette Taki failed to show up for sen­tenc­ing at Auck­land District Court on three an­i­mal cru­elty charges and a war­rant was is­sued for her ar­rest.

Mar­ket­ing man­ager Martin Macken­zie says Taki is still in hid­ing but po­lice are con­tin­u­ing their ef­forts to track her down.

Mr Macken­zie says the pros­e­cu­tions show the SPCA is tak­ing a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to an­i­mal cru­elty and abuse.

“Of­fend­ers must be brought to jus­tice and to do that we need the Auck­land com­mu­nity to sup­port the prose­cu­tion ap­peal.”

The SPCA re­ceives no gov­ern­ment fund­ing and pays for prose­cu­tion with do­na­tions made by the com­mu­nity. Do­na­tions to the prose­cu­tion fund ap­peal can be made on the SPCA web­site www.spca.org.nz.

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