Katikati woman on SPCA list of shame

By Staff reporter

A Katikati woman, who failed to take her severely injured cat to the vet after it was mauled by a dog, has been named on the SPCA's annual list of shame.

The list highlights the worst cases of animal cruelty in New Zealand.

The woman's 10-year-old cat suffered for months after the attack and had a broken femur and hip and had to be euthanased due to the extent of its injuries.

The woman was sentenced to 75 hours community work and banned from owning any domestic animal for five years.<inline type="photogallery" id="7902" align="outside" embed="no" />

SPCA chief executive Robyn Kippenberger said the list, released by the SPCA this week, was full of examples that were "all too familiar'' to SPCA workers.

Other cases highlighted on the list involved a dog that had a climbing carabiner threaded through its neck, a calf that had been hit in the face with a steel pipe and a family cat that had been deliberately cut into pieces.

Ms Kippenberger said the ill-treatment of animals continued to shock the society, which recently released research that showed a strong link between animal cruelty and domestic and  family violence.

"The sheer level of violence meted out on animals by some of the perpetrators in the cases in this year's list of shame is shocking and underlying of wider issues in New Zealand.''

There have been two major court cases for the SPCA this year: a Palmerston North couple who kept 161 cats and 87 dogs in squalor and the prosecution of two men who systematically shot 33 dogs and puppies.

Meanwhile, Trooper, the young puppy that had its ears hacked off in Tauranga, has successfully been re-homed.

Trooper featured on last year's SPCA list of shame.

A Tauranga man appeared in the Tauranga District Court and was found guilty of failing to get veterinary care for the puppy. He was convicted and sentenced to 100 hours of community work.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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