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Man Prosecuted Over ‘Cruel And Painful’ Dehorning Of Cattle

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 10:16 am | SPCA

A Tauranga man who used no anaesthetic when he cut the horns of three cattle so low that they bled like a “fountain”, has been prosecuted by SPCA. Russell Williams, 59, was convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of $2,250.00, and ordered to pay $130 ... More >>

SPCA CEO Andrea Midgen To Step Down After ‘incredible’ Seven Years In Role

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 11:09 am | SPCA

After seven years leading New Zealand’s largest animal welfare charity, SPCA Chief Executive Andrea Midgen has announced she will be stepping down from the role later this year. The difficult decision comes after what Ms Midgen describes as an “incredibly ... More >>

Miniature Poodle Viciously Beaten To Death – SPCA Prosecutes Man

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 2:21 pm | SPCA

A Lower Hutt man who violently beat his partner’s dog to death to discipline the animal for biting him, has been prosecuted by SPCA. Simeon Jackson was sentenced at Hutt Valley District Court today, after pleading guilty to one charge of reckless ... More >>

SPCA Commemorates 150th Birthday By Calling For More Government Support

Monday, 2 May 2022, 10:04 am | SPCA

New Zealand’s leading animal welfare charity is celebrating a major milestone, as SPCA marks 150 years of improving the lives of vulnerable animals in Aotearoa. Since the charity’s formation in Canterbury in 1872, SPCA has rescued millions ... More >>

SPCA Urges Pet Owners To Be Prepared As Cyclone Fili Hits NZ

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 3:06 pm | SPCA

SPCA is warning pet owners in the North Island to have an emergency plan in place, as severe weather from Cyclone Fili heads towards New Zealand. MetService is predicting there will be heavy rain and strong winds, which could lead to flooding and damage ... More >>

SPCA Calls For Community Approach To Combat Animal Cruelty

Monday, 4 April 2022, 12:55 pm | SPCA

SPCA is calling on New Zealanders to rally together to help put an end to animal cruelty, as the charity continues to see a concerning number of reports of neglected, abused and abandoned animals. Each year, SPCA receives around 14,000 calls of concern ... More >>

SPCA’s Warning To Pet Owners Over Toxic Substance In Some Covid-19 RAT Kits

Monday, 28 February 2022, 10:42 am | SPCA

SPCA is urging pet owners to take extra precautions when using or disposing of used Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs), as some may contain a substance that can be toxic to animals. The warning comes after Australia’s Animal Poison Helpline experienced ... More >>

SPCA Appalled By Inhumane Killing Of Pig

Monday, 24 January 2022, 8:41 pm | SPCA

A man who ran down a wild pig with a four-wheel drive vehicle, then stabbed it multiple times while it was trapped under the front wheel, has been prosecuted by SPCA for ill-treating an animal. Jarod Benbow, following a guilty plea, was convicted and ... More >>

Don’t Let Your Pets Celebrate Too Hard This Silly Season

Monday, 6 December 2021, 11:00 am | SPCA

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for chocolates, treats and tinsel, but the silly season can also bring a lot of safety hazards for our pets. This Christmas, SPCA is encouraging pet owners not to share human food with their furry family members, ... More >>

SPCA Makes Urgent Appeal To Pet Owners After Puppy Left In 50°C Car

Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 9:31 am | SPCA

As the weather warms, SPCA is pleading with pet owners not to leave their dogs unattended in their vehicles even for a few minutes, and that doing so could result in an instant $300 fine. Already this month, SPCA has received a surge in calls about dogs being ... More >>

Woman Sentenced For Appalling Neglect Of Two Horses

Thursday, 18 November 2021, 1:34 pm | SPCA

An Auckland woman has been prosecuted by SPCA for neglecting two horses so severely that one of them had to be euthanised to prevent it from suffering further. Kiri Matenga was sentenced at Manukau District Court today after pleading guilty to two ... More >>

SPCA Frustrated By Lack Of Govt Action On Fireworks

Tuesday, 2 November 2021, 10:51 am | SPCA

As another year passes by with no Government action to ban the private sale and use of fireworks, SPCA is once again pleading with New Zealanders to think about the harm they might cause animals before lighting up this Guy Fawkes. Year after ... More >>

SPCA Targets Early Learners To Help Break Animal Cruelty Cycle

Thursday, 28 October 2021, 10:50 am | SPCA

SPCA has launched its first ever resources for Early Childhood Education (ECE) teachers and new entrant primary school teachers, in a bid to help more young Kiwis learn empathy towards animals and improve animal welfare. It’s no secret that animal ... More >>

SPCA braces for kitten tsunami

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 10:27 am | SPCA

SPCA is calling on Kiwis to open their homes to animals in need this summer, as the charity urgently seeks hundreds of new foster volunteers in preparation for what’s expected to be the busiest kitten season ever. Despite being so early in the season, ... More >>

Men Sentenced Over Botched Bull Castration In Service Station Carpark

Monday, 11 October 2021, 6:04 pm | SPCA

A Judge has ordered two men to pay fines for their part in the botched castration of two bulls that lead to serious infection and one of the animals being humanely euthanised to end its suffering. John Thomson pleaded guilty to two charges under ... More >>

Hundreds Expected To Sign Up To Break Free From Lockdown

Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 2:13 pm | SPCA

SPCA is calling on thrill-seekers, adrenaline junkies and anyone who may be looking to jump outside their comfort zone to take the plunge by skydiving for animals in need. The charity’s annual Jump to the Rescue fundraiser is about to take off once ... More >>

SPCA preparing for another huge kitten season after desexing put on hold

Monday, 6 September 2021, 9:27 am | SPCA

SPCA is bracing for what could be its busiest kitten season yet, after hundreds of desexing operations are currently on hold due to the Covid-19 lockdown. First neonate kittens of the new season, which arrived at SPCA’s Māngere Centre on September ... More >>

Caution Urged For Dog Owners As Lambing Season Begins

Thursday, 8 July 2021, 11:05 am | SPCA

SPCA is urging dog owners, particularly those living near lifestyle blocks, to take extra care and keep track of their pets at all times, as early lambing season gets underway. Every year sheep and lambs are injured or killed by roaming dogs in attacks ... More >>

SPCA’s Warning To Pet Owners: Quit Smoking And Vaping Around Your Pets

Monday, 31 May 2021, 8:33 am | SPCA

  SPCA is urging people not to smoke or vape near their pets, as research shows second-hand smoke and nicotine from e-cigarettes can have serious health effects on animals, just like humans. New Zealand’s largest animal welfare charity is warning ... More >>

SPCA Commends The Warehouse For Its Decision To Stop Selling Fireworks

Monday, 24 May 2021, 1:02 pm | SPCA

SPCA is thrilled with the news that The Warehouse will stop selling fireworks in its stores, following concerns about their use by the general public. New Zealand’s largest animal welfare charity has long campaigned for a ban on the private sale ... More >>