Animal abuse cases dropped
No-one held responsible for cruelty
Two of the worst cases of recent animal abuse in the South Waikato resulted in perpetrators not being prosecuted for their crimes.
Earlier this year the South Waikato News reported that an 18-year-old cat had to be euthanised due to its horrific condition.
The South Waikato SPCA committee decided as the cat was gone that there was nowhere to take the investigation, South Waikato SPCA shelter manager Lorna Hutchinson said.
Mrs Hutchinson said she would have handed down punishment to the owners who were eventually located.
‘‘I did put the fear of god in them (the cat’s owners). But you know that the cat was in pain, it was not good.
‘‘Yes I would (prosecute) for the simple fact that people need to be held accountable,’’ she said.
Another case involving the killing of a swan was dealt with by Youth Aid because the person was under age.
The incident occurred at Lake Moananui where a bird was stomped to death.
South Waikato News reported last year that there were attempts to hack off the bird’s head and it had bruising on its body; its eye had prolapsed and its neck had been broken in three places.
Youth Aid officer Darren Costar said the case had been ongoing as the main identified perpetrator was only 10 years old.
‘‘He has ongoing mental issues,’’ he said.
Mr Costar said Youth Aid had made a number of referrals, how- ever it was difficult to hand down punishment in a case like this.
‘‘It is a sad case really. You are trying to place them in schools and he is being excluded from his last school. He is running out of options and he is only 10.’’
However, Mrs Hutchinson, said punishment appropriate to age should be administered.
‘‘It was being kicked around that they would come down here and carry out their punishment. For every crime there should be some accountability.’’