Help for abandoned dogs
There is light at the end of the tunnel for abandoned dogs.
A new charity launched last month aims to care for the 11,000 dogs dumped every year.
The Pedigree Adoption Charitable Trust is a registered New Zealand charity which will donate money to animal shelters like the SPCA to help house thousands of dogs.
SPCA chief executive Robyn Kippenberger says it is sad that New Zealand is producing more puppies than needed.
“People can’t cope and resort to drowning them in rivers, putting them in dustbins and dump- ing them in cardboard boxes on beaches,” she says.
Pound dogs are often put down after the statutory seven days.
“We don’t have a lot of options but to keep them in their cages most of the day.
“Really it’s like being in prison,” Ms Kippenbeerger says.