SPCA calls for fighting fund cash
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.