Fling sur­vives car l

Central Leader - - News - By Sally French

Fling the kit­ten has had a trau­matic start to life.

The seven-week-old was thrown from a car out­side Mary Mackil­lop School in Man­gere on De­cem­ber 6.

For­tu­nately she wasn’t hurt and was picked up and taken to the Auck­land SPCA.

Fling is be­ing fos­tered by an SPCA staff mem­ber un­til she is old enough to be spayed and will soon be ready for adop­tion.

The play­ful kit­ten was named Fling by an SPCA vol­un­teer who thought the name was suit­able con­sid­er­ing her or­deal.

Vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor James Fitzroy says the grey tor­toise­shell is one of many abused and un­wanted an­i­mals that ar­rive at the SPCA, es­pe­cially at this time of year.

He is plead­ing with the com­mu­nity to help the SPCA in any way they can, in­clud­ing fos­ter­ing or adopt­ing an an­i­mal or by do­nat­ing money to as­sist with the ev­ery­day run­ning of the Man­gere shel­ter.

Mr Fitzroy has also re­minded peo­ple to en­sure their pets are cared for if they go away over the Christ­mas hoil­days.

“Ask a neigh­bour to feed your pet or bet­ter still get a hous­esit­ter or take them to a board­ing ken­nel or cat­tery,” he says.

Auck­land SPCA chief ex­ec­u­tive Bob Ker­ridge has also is­sued a stern warn­ing to peo­ple who leave their dogs unat­tended in hot cars.

“There is a dis­tinct prob­a­bil­ity that many dogs will suf­fer, some will even die, if left in a car for even a short pe­riod of time dur­ing the hot sum­mer months,” Mr Ker­ridge says.

“We have to con­sider their safety and if pros­e­cu­tion is nec­es­sary to teach the pub­lic the per­ils of leav­ing dogs in hot cars then so be it.”

If SPCA in­spec­tors are called to a car where a dog is inside and can’t find the driver, they will smash a win­dow to save the an­i­mal’s life.

“The temp­ta­tion to in­clude the fam­ily dog in out­ings is un­der­stand­able.

“But peo­ple must be made aware that such ‘acts of kind­ness’ can be a death war­rant for the an­i­mal if the car is used for con­fine­ment,” he says.

Photo: BEN CAMP­BELL

Adopt me: Aban­doned kit­ten Fling needs a home.

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