Cel­e­brat­ing kind­ness

Grocott's Mail - - OUTSIDE -

Wel­come to the lat­est in­stal­ment of Life at the SPCA. The last cou­ple of months have con­tin­ued to be chal­leng­ing, but have seen another suc­cess­ful prose­cu­tion and huge im­prove­ments in your SPCA Cen­tre, in­clud­ing com­ple­tion of the bore­hole and a very gen­er­ous do­na­tion from many busi­nesses and mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic, of the so­lar pump and so­lar ar­ray needed to pro­vide wa­ter to the SPCA Cen­tre.

The lat­est prose­cu­tion re­lates to a hor­rific case of pup­pies be­ing blud­geoned to death with bricks by their owner who jus­ti­fied his ac­tions by say­ing that he was drunk and even as­saulted SPCA staff when we were res­cu­ing the pup­pies. Sadly the in­juries were so se­vere that only one puppy sur­vived. The court, af­ter re­view­ing the ev­i­dence sen­tenced the ac­cused with­out hes­i­ta­tion to an eight-month jail term.

We are very pleased with the out­come of this par­tic­u­lar case as it con­tin­ues to re­in­force a very strong mes­sage that the Gra­ham­stown SPCA will not stand for any form of an­i­mal cru­elty and will work tire­lessly to bring those re­spon­si­ble to ac­count. We con­tinue to be very grate­ful to the sup­port of the lo­cal vets and in par­tic­u­lar Dr Jimmy Lang, whose as­sess­ment of the pup­pies was in­valu­able in this par­tic­u­lar case.

On a pos­i­tive note, hav­ing suc­cess­fully pros­e­cuted this in­di­vid­ual, it was a lovely end­ing to be able to re-home this month the sur­viv­ing puppy to a lovely home, where she has set­tled in well and is re­ceiv­ing all the love and care she de­serves. We have also been very busy on our other in­spec­torate work this month and have been trav­el­ling far and wide to as­sist an­i­mals in need, by do­ing proac­tive in­spec­tions and in­ves­ti­gat­ing cru­elty com­plaints out in Pat­ter­son, Bed­ford, Ade­laide, Glen­more Val­ley and here in and around Gra­ham­stown.

In ad­di­tion to im­pend­ing com­ple­tion of the so­lar pump in­stal­la­tion, build­ing work has been gath­er­ing pace and has seen very gen­er­ous do­na­tions re­ceived from Makana Brick, BUCO, Build It, the Ro­tary Club, Hells Rid­ers, Ama­tola Quarry, King Sand, the lo­cal com­mu­nity as a whole and Carara.

We con­tinue to be so very grate­ful for all the sup­port we are re­ceiv­ing, which is help­ing us im­mensely to fur­ther im­prove our fa­cil­i­ties, se­cu­rity and to en­hance the SPCA Cen­tre. Ul­ti­mately, this project of build­ing work will bring the fa­cil­i­ties up to world class level al­low­ing us to cater for the ever grow­ing needs of the an­i­mals and the com­mu­nity as a whole. We are look­ing for fur­ther do­na­tions of build­ing ma­te­ri­als, build­ing skills and staff, car­pen­ters, ar­chi­tec­tural and build­ing de­sign sup­port and green en­ergy so­lu­tions. By sup­port­ing us with this you are help­ing im­prove the lives of so many an­i­mals and peo­ple within the com­mu­nity who de­pend on us.

Ed­u­ca­tion, con­tin­ues to be an es­sen­tial part of all the work we are do­ing and it was won­der­ful to be able to wel­come Holy Cross School to the SPCA Cen­tre. They re­ally

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