An­i­mal abuse cases dropped

No-one held re­spon­si­ble for cru­elty

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

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.’’

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