A dog’s happy end­ing

The Northland Age - - Feature -

The dog now known as Jimmy was dumped at a beach.

By the time he was found he was mal­nour­ished, suf­fer­ing se­vere wounds in­clud­ing bruis­ing to his head and an ir­repara­ble eye in­jury, likely the re­sult of blunt force trauma to his head.

SPCA in­spec­tors launched a full an­i­mal wel­fare in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but did not find the per­son or peo­ple re­spon­si­ble.

Mean­while Jimmy amazed SPCA staff with what they de­scribed as a kind soul and lov­ing tem­per­a­ment — he even wagged his tail while ve­teri­nar­i­ans stitched up his eye. He is still re­cover- ing at a foster home, but once healed will be avail­able for adop­tion.

Other an­i­mals that made this year’s SPCA List of Shame, cit­ing 11 of last year’s most shame­ful ex­am­ples of an­i­mal cru­elty, were not so for­tu­nate. They in­cluded a five-year-old Labrador starved to death, and a duck with a beak de­stroyed by fire­works.

The List of Shame was re­leased ahead of the SPCA’s an­nual ap­peal (March 9-11), which aims to raise aware­ness and fund­ing to sup­port the 15,000-plus an­i­mal wel­fare com­plaints re­ceived each year, along with on­go­ing ed­u­ca­tion to pre­vent an­i­mal cru­elty.

“We need the pub­lic’s sup­port to end this shame­ful cru­elty in New Zealand. We re­ceive al­most no gov­ern­ment fund­ing to run the SPCA in­spec­torate, which costs ap­prox­i­mately $9 mil­lion every year,” chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drea Mid­gen said.

The list in­cludes 600 starv­ing chick­ens, roost­ers and ducks with se­vere feather loss, found in an over­crowded en­vi­ron­ment try­ing to feed on the de­com­pos­ing birds around them, and a dog hit by a car, with de-glov­ing in­juries to the bone on both hind legs left by its owner to suf­fer.

“We know this list is very up­set­ting, but this is the re­al­ity of what our in­spec­tors see in their jobs,” Ms Mid­gen said. “These hor­rific cases of ne­glect and vi­o­lence to­wards an­i­mals re­in­forces the vi­tal need for the SPCA’s work. The SPCA is here to stand up for any an­i­mal that is phys­i­cally abused, aban­doned, ne­glected, tor­tured or in pain. It is a very big job, and we need all the sup­port we can get.”

Do­na­tions can be made via www.sp­caan­nu­alap­peal.org.nz/, or to a street col­lec­tor.

PIC­TURE / SPCA

A LUCKY ONE: He’s lost one eye, but Jimmy is go­ing to make it, un­like other an­i­mals on the SPCA’s 2018 List of Shame.

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