South Waikato on animal cruelty list
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.