SPCA sub­ject of meet­ing


Man­age­ment of the South Waikato SPCA has con­cerned some res­i­dents and re­sulted in a public meet­ing.

The meet­ing, led by Pu­taruru’s Kay Collins, will be at 7pm on Tues­day at the Toko­roa Girl Guide hall.

Collins said a group of res­i­dents wanted chair­woman San­dra Har­ring­ton-Frost to re­sign from the po­si­tion. ‘‘We want her out.’’ How­ever she hoped Har­ring­tonFrost would at­tend.

‘‘ There’ll be no room for nasty com­ments [from those at­tend­ing], we’re hop­ing San­dra her­self will come, she’s al­lowed to have her say.’’

Collins be­lieved the SWSPCA had turned into a pet­ting zoo.

‘‘From what I can gather there is only one per­son there and an­i­mals are not be­ing taken in.’’

‘‘The aim of the SPCA is not to home ev­ery­one’s un­wanted an­i­mals, it’s to pre­vent cru­elty, I think it’s got­ten be­yond that.’’

Har­ring­ton-Frost was not avail­able for com­ment.

RNZSPCA chief ex­ec­u­tive Ric Odom said he was un­aware the na­tional of­fice had any­thing to do with the meet­ing.

‘‘If we were in­vited we would con­sider it.’’

He said claims had been made on so­cial me­dia that the na­tional of­fice was on board.

‘‘Peo­ple are mak­ing a whole lot of bland state­ments that are not true.’’

‘‘There are no for­mal com­plaints that I am aware of . . . we have had a cou­ple of phone calls.’’

He said no in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been launched but RNZSPCA staff had been speak­ing to Har­ring­tonFrost to work through any is­sues.

While he praised those for car­ing about the SPCA, he was wor­ried it could be­come a per­sonal attack.

‘‘From my point of view, I would ask peo­ple to look at the is­sues, not the per­son­al­i­ties.’’

Odom said peo­ple at the SWSPCA were do­ing the best they could with a ‘‘very small bud­get.’’

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