Read & Weep

November 5th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The list of shame:

  • In Woodville, Palmerston North a husband and wife kept 161 cats and 87 dogs in extreme circumstances.
  • In Wellsford two men shot 33 dogs and puppies one by one
  • A 20 year old Kaikoura man who bludgeoned to death 25 seals, including newborns pups, with a metal pipe
  • A 40 year old Waikino Farmer has been convicted over the ill treatment of dairy cows. The man was sentenced to 10 months home detention for breaking 115 of the 135 herd cow’s tails and hitting them on the hind legs with a steel pipe causing broken legs and swollen and infected joints in a number of the cows.
  • In South Auckland an emaciated puppy was dumped in a box at the end of a drive way in Manurewa. The puppy was unable to stand or walk and the puppy’s bones could be seen through its skin.
  • In Te Atatu, Auckland a 3 year old silver tabby was found outside an archery club with an arrow that had been fired into his head which went through the back of the head and out near its eye with the arrow still protruding when found.
  • In Timaru a beloved family cat was found deliberately cut up outside her Waimataitai home. The 17 year old cat was found nearby a beheaded hedgehog. Police considered the case as being premeditated and sadistic.
  • In Rotorua the owner of a Shar Pei cross threaded a climbing carabiner through the neck of the dog, a chain was clipped to this and then attached to the dog’s kennel. The owner also claimed he took it for walks like this.

I find pet abuse as inexplicable as child abuse – it goes against all the instincts that most human beings have.

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24 Responses to “Read & Weep”

  1. A Voice Today (4 comments) says:

    There are some incredibly sad, sick individuals in this world!

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  2. David Garrett (7,278 comments) says:

    Yes, but the major difference is you can be banned from ever owning an animal again…child abusers and killers can keep on producing them…How the hell can that make sense?

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  3. A Voice Today (4 comments) says:

    it makes no sense at all David! It is one of things about our law….it can be an ass!

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  4. cubit (356 comments) says:

    There has been a lot of research done into the links between those who are cruel animals and their propensity to be as bad in the relationships with people. We need to be very interested and concerned with people who behave in this manner towards animals.

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  5. Chi Hsu (101 comments) says:

    I recommend anyone who feels strongly for animals to watch the following documentary:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce4DJh-L7Ys

    The first part of the documentary covers pet animals, which is the SPCA’s primary area of responsibility.

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  6. b1gdaddynz (279 comments) says:

    I know of a case were someone had his dog for 8 years; she was pretty much the only stable “friend” in his life because he had a habit of burning his bridges. She developed problems with her hips and he couldn’t “find the time” to take her to the vet despite her being in obvious pain. This went on for some time until her hips gave out and she couldn’t walk so in the middle of the night (in winter) he put her in a cardboard box and dumped her outside the SPCA. She suffered a cold miserable night and because her condition was so bad she had to be put to sleep. [Before you ask me why I didn't do anything I only found out much after the event and have made a complaint] I can’t understand this at all! Actually I don’t want to understand I just want these pricks to pay a decent penalty rather than the usual slap on the wrist. DG- I agree it’s absolutely disgusting but this is what happens when you turn children in to commodities! I was disgusted when I read that the mother of JJ couldn’t get him medical treatment for a broken arm for four days because she was too “wasted” and didn’t want him taken off her; which translates to I don’t care about him but I’d hate to lose my income stream!

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  7. Scott Chris (6,139 comments) says:

    Sad.

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  8. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Far too much attention given to animals and not enough given to the problem of (probably) the same people and their children.

    We give animals far too much significance in society and we dont give as much attention to the problem of not sterilising those people who are clearly unfit to have children.

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  9. b1gdaddynz (279 comments) says:

    barry- They need to do more about both sets of losers!

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  10. nasska (11,510 comments) says:

    Agree with Barry. Our local SPCA is run by fat useless arrogant busy bodies who waddle through life agonising over putting down some scummy disease ridden cat or dog. The money & effort put into keeping alive animals that a blind man could see would be better off euthenised could be put towards some useful social purpose.

    The police have powers to intervene in obvious cases of cruelty to animals without the public wasting money supporting a bunch of dotty old women & their cats.

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  11. Minnie1972 (42 comments) says:

    Hear Hear David Garrett. You’re so right. The reality is too, if people are going to be so cruel to defenceless animals, then they will have little regard for children or people in general. That is why I believe stiff penalties should be handed down – those kind of people are just generally cruel. Look at Ewen MacDonald and what he did to the bobby calves long before he was accused of doing anything else…

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  12. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    nasska & barry, You may both be interested to know of the strong link between cruelity to animals, and mistreatment of people. In light of that evidence, I am suspicious of the fact that you are so dismissive of animal cruelity.

    Speaking out against cruelity to animals does not remove our focus from other issues, or children. I can imagine situations where stressed parents may “lose it” with their kids and do something awful. It is more difficult to imagine why a person would do the things to animals, as described in Davids post.

    Of course once the old “think of the children” line is trotted out, I do not expect anything reasonable to follow.

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  13. Minnie1972 (42 comments) says:

    Well said Kea.

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  14. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    I’ve met people who do that stuff to humans – that they’d do it to animals is a given

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  15. nasska (11,510 comments) says:

    Kea

    I’m a farmer & I work with animals every day. If I was cruel to them they would not thrive & I would go bankrupt….it’s that simple. On the other hand the local sausage wrapper doubles as the SPCA newsletter & gives an outlet for these mad women to bang on, not only about companion animals, but authoritatively telling us all they know which is bugger all & setting standards for farm animals about which their knowledge is zilch.

    If they had their way we would be taking sick sheep to a veterinary hospital. They are insane & should be humanely put down along with their wormy cats.

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  16. gump (1,649 comments) says:

    I’m surprised by some of the opinions in this thread. Hunters and fisherman wound their prey, but that doesn’t seem to harm their regard for children or people in general.

    I personally have no qualms about aiming for possums and rabbits on the road and running them over. I don’t check to see if they’ve been cleanly killed, and I don’t lose sleep over it either.

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  17. Bob R (1,375 comments) says:

    The people who do some of these sadistic crimes should be sterilised just as should child abusers should.

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  18. Kea (12,841 comments) says:

    nasska, I see where you are coming from and agree. Animal rights groups have gone way too far. They have become totally disconnected from reality and nature. Nature is very cruel by human standards. They don’t get that.

    I have hunted and killed hundreds of animals and have done so all my life. I am no bleeding heart. But I love animals and can not stand to see them suffer. Probably only a hunter, or farmer, can really understand that.

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  19. seanmaitland (500 comments) says:

    nasska – I think the real problem is that the wrong people end up working at these charities/organisations. The organisations themselves are ok, however a lot of the people I have dealt with seem to be on massive power trips, when they are meant to be working for an organisation thats purpose is to care for animals and help the community. Its that same syndrome that you get with half of the people joining the police and the army because they want to exert power over other people, as opposed to those who join because they genuinely want to be a positive influence on their community.

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  20. nasska (11,510 comments) says:

    seanmaitland

    You’re probably right. Wherever you go there’ll be someone who spends more time polishing their badge & throwing their weight around than doing what needs to be done. Never the less they are dangerous when they are allowed to air their half baked views around well meaning but stupid & unquestioning people.

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  21. b1gdaddynz (279 comments) says:

    I have hunted and you try to minimise suffering as much as possible by making it as clean/quick a kill as possible! If all these people had done was quickly kill these pet’s then it wouldn’t be so bad; it’s the way they neglect them, torture them and dump them that makes me sick. Just so we are clear it is incalculably worse to treat your children that way! I just think both groups need to be dealt with more severity and in no way am I putting animals before children.

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  22. Longknives (4,749 comments) says:

    I am an animal lover- I often donate to the SPCA. I won’t give a cent to the City Mission though, in fact, I often tell them to fuck off when they come harassing for handouts.
    When I think about it I care a great deal more about animal welfare than I do about the feral human scum that runs rampant in our city. I challenge anyone to walk past the City Mission at lunchtime and not be disgusted by the behaviour (that’s if they don’t mug you)…I definitely prefer animals.

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  23. UrbanNeocolonialist (288 comments) says:

    “in Wellsford two men shot 33 dogs and puppies one by one”

    Does this really rate even a passing mention? Animal is killed quickly, minimal pain. A better death than a lot of humans in our society receive.

    I have seen reports at other times of people being prosecuted for killing unwanted animals by crushing their skulls, shooting, cutting throats, even drowning. All relatively humane and quick, indicative of someone trying to limit suffering when most natural causes of death actually involve far more pain and torment. In a bizarre double standard some methods of killing are deemed OK for livestock, but not for pets – with no rational explanation as to why. Prosecution in these cases is stupid and unnecessary. The SPCA really are unhinged.

    But angling with the intent of ‘playing’ the fish to exhaustion after it is painfully skewered – almost a perfect example of animal torture, and no better than a bull fight) and setting dogs on pigs (aka pig hunting) to be harried mauled and lacerated is deemed OK and Jolly Good Sport. As is grievously injuring water-fowl with a couple of pellets from a shotgun at great distance for a slow agonising death (when you could do a quick clean close-range kill after they land).

    People really are strange.

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  24. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Spare a thought for the western soldiers in Afghanistan seeing how the locals treat dogs..Also in every islamic country animals are cruelly slaughtered.

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