Abuse up says SPCA

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

CRIME statis­tics show Auck­land’s an­i­mal abuse is drop­ping, but front­line staff say it’s not the case.

Po­lice fig­ures show an­i­mal abuse in the Auck­land polic­ing district, which cov­ers cen­tral, east­ern and west­ern Auck­land, dropped by 42.9 per­cent last year with only eight cases recorded.

Auck­land SPCA gen­eral man­ager David Lloyd-Barker says the shel­ter has no­ticed just the op­po­site.

“We are find­ing in­creases in cases of wil­ful cru­elty rather than acts of omis­sion like fail­ing to pro­vide vet treat­ment.

“We are deal­ing with more cases of peo­ple de­lib­er­ately hurt­ing an­i­mals.”

He says many cases are re­ported to the SPCA rather than the po­lice which could ac­count for the dif­fer­ence.

“When po­lice are re­quired to deal with it, the cases come to us and we do the pros­e­cu­tions.

“We’ve got three cases run­ning at the mo­ment with peo­ple stran­gling dogs, cook­ing dogs alive, throw­ing kit­tens against walls.”

The of­fences hap­pen all across the Auck­land district, he says.

The SPCA pros­e­cuted 45 peo­ple for an­i­mal abuse last year and Mr Lloyd-Barker says num­bers have risen quickly.

“Year on year we’re up 407 per­cent.

“We’ve had a zero tol­er­ance pol­icy as long as I’ve been here which is about three years and we’ve no­ticed an in­crease be­cause of that.”

He says there is no rea­son why peo­ple are be­ing more abu­sive to an­i­mals.

“I don’t un­der­stand why peo­ple drag goats be­hind cars to kill them, why peo­ple stran­gle dogs.”

Over­all crime in the district dropped by 5 per­cent, with 1312 of­fences recorded for ev­ery 10,000 peo­ple.

Crime dropped across all of­fence cat­e­gories ex­cept

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