South Waikato on an­i­mal cru­elty list

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Three an­i­mal abuse cases from the South Waikato have been in­cluded in the SPCA’S an­nual List of Shame.

The SPCA List of Shame, taken from Oc­to­ber 2010 to Septem­ber 2011, is re­served for some of the worst cases of ne­glect and mis­treat­ment of an­i­mals.

The first case in­volved a cat wan­der­ing in an ex­tremely dis­tressed state in Pu­taruru.

The South Waikato SPCA re­ceived phone calls from res­i­dents de­scrib­ing the cat as be­ing al­most bald with open sores and had the ap­pear­ance of look­ing skinned.

An ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed the cat was ex­tremely ill, suf­fer­ing from un­treated ab­scesses that had be­come in­fected with live mag­gots crawl­ing within its wounds.

South Waikato SPCA shel­ter man­ager Lorna Hutchin­son said: ‘‘It was par­tic­u­larly hor­rific. It had mag­gots in its head. It would have been suf­fer­ing some­thing hor­ri­ble.’’

Due to the ex­tent of in­fec­tion, the cat was put down.

The sec­ond case in­volved a tiny six-week-old kit­ten which had been with­out ac­cess to food and water for at least three or four days.

The kit­ten was ex­tremely de­hy­drated, dis­tressed and rid­dled with fleas and worms.

The owner was lo­cated and suc­cess­fully pros­e­cuted.

‘‘They (the own­ers) had gone away for Christ­mas. You can’t leave a lit­tle kit­ten like that and go away for a week’s hol­i­day,’’ Ms Hutchin­son said.

The third case also in­volved a cat. In this case a cat which was dis­cov­ered with its col­lar buried in its flesh.

Ex­am­i­na­tions re­vealed it had man­aged to get its front leg through the col­lar, tight­en­ing it in the process.

The col­lar be­came em­bed­ded in the flesh around the neck and un­der the armpit.

A se­vere wound was re­vealed when the col­lar was re­moved and it took three months to re­cover.

LIST OF SHAME: The SPCA’S List of Shame has been re­leased which in­cludes three cases of an­i­mal cru­elty and ne­glect from the South Waikato District.

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