More animal welfare complaints in Bay
There has been a spike in animal welfare complaints in Tauranga — jumping by more than 100 in three years.
Figures show the Tauranga SPCA fielded 351 complaints in 2015 compared to 466 in 2017, with the majority of calls relating to dogs.
Centre manager Margaret Rawiri said one of the worse cases it had dealtwith this year resulted in the prosecution of Waihi man who beat his rottweiler puppy, Sky. The dog was also left without veterinary care for months, despite having a fractured leg.
Matthew Madsen pleaded guilty at the Waihi Court on July 24 to two charges under the AnimalWelfare Act and was sentenced to 200 hours’ community work and nine months’ supervisionwith a direction that he attends anger management.
He was ordered to pay reparations of $1654.70 and disqualified from owning animals for five years.
Sky was seized by inspectors at the beginning of 2018, and recovered in SPCA care, she said.
It could not discuss other cases the SPCAwere dealing with as they were before the courts.
But 67 per cent of most complaints related to the failure to provide for the physical, health and behavioural needs of animals.
”This could include an animal that is underweight, has inadequate food or water, poor living conditions, no shelter or no exercise.”
Nowadays peoplewere becoming more educated “about what is and isn’t acceptable in animal care”.
”People are reporting more, and we think that’s a good thing.”
Dr Liza Schneider from ARRC Wildlife Trust said in her view there was a link between domestic violence and animal abuse.
“I believe that the reasons for both are similar— frustrated and angry people needing to take their anger out on victims which are often animals as they are easy targets as well as a general lack of reverence for values of kindness and respect of life in our society.
”There are also ignorant people who accept that this
Emma and her daughter Jay-Lee Welch who have adopted Betty who they fostered and was an animal abuse victim.