SPCA reveals more horrors
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.