SPCA re­veals more hor­rors

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Fol­low­ing the re­lease of the SPCA’S List of Shame, South Waikato SPCA re­vealed it has a trio of hor­rific cases for next year’s list.

‘‘ It has been pretty hor­rific in Toko­roa this last month.

‘‘I have got three cases al­ready for next year,’’ South Waikato SPCA shel­ter man­ager Lorna Hutchin­son said.

A re­cent case in­volved a cat’s paw be­ing caught in a gin trap for over one week.

Due to the se­ri­ous­ness of the in­juries the cat was eu­thanised.

The SPCA re­ceived sev­eral phone calls about the cat as it dragged the gin trap around the Toko­roa cen­tral busi­ness district.

The trap was clasped over its front paw, sev­er­ing it al­most en­tirely and ren­der­ing it un­able to care for it­self.

Ms Hutchin­son said: ‘‘The pub­lic should be aware that gin traps have been placed, prob­a­bly be­neath build­ings, and pose a dan­ger to adults or chil­dren who may un­wit­tingly put their hands in the traps. They are a se­ri­ous dan­ger to any an­i­mals.’’

Two other cases were be­ing treated by Toko­roa po­lice but are now be­ing dealt with by Youth Aid be­cause the per­pe­tra­tors were un­der­age.

Both in­ci­dents oc­curred at Lake Moananui where a duck was shot and an­other bird was stomped to death. The shot duck was put down.

She also said there were at­tempts to hack off the other bird’s head and it had bruis­ing on its body.

Its eye had also pro­lapsed and its neck had been bro­ken in three places.

Se­nior Sergeant Graeme Hill of Toko­roa po­lice con­firmed that both cases in­volv­ing birds at Lake Moananui were be­ing treated by Youth Aid due to the ages of the per­pe­tra­tors.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the set­ting of gin traps, please con­tact Toko­roa po­lice or the South Waikato SPCA.

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