The driving dogs

December 11th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

This story has gone global. Very cool.

Read & Weep

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

The SPCA 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.

You can donate to the SPCA here.

Cat Crossbow shooter given slap by wet bus ticket

March 10th, 2009 at 8:57 am by David Farrar

Like the SPCA I am appalled:

The SPCA is considering appealing against the sentence of a man fined just $500 for shooting a cat with a crossbow, inflicting fatal injuries.

Peter James Cooksley, 48, pleaded guilty to wilful ill-treatment under the Animal Welfare Act after admitting that he shot the cat because it ate a chicken off his kitchen bench and sprayed urine on his stereo speaker.

Frankly I doubt the cat did either of those things, but regardless what sort of person actually uses a crossbow on a cat.

The charge admitted by Mr Cooksley carries a maximum penalty of up to three years’ jail or a fine of up to $50,000.

Judge Charles Blackie yesterday fined Mr Cooksley $500 plus court costs of $130 and prosecution and veterinary costs of $888.58 in the Manukau District Court.

$500 is a joke.

David Lloyd-Barker, general manager of the Auckland SPCA, said: “We are considering appealing against the decision. We’re disappointed considering the severity of what this animal suffered. But at the end of the day, that is what the judge decided.”

Mr Lloyd-Barker said a request for the crossbow to be destroyed was ignored, so Mr Cooksley has asked for the weapon to be returned to him.

If he ever uses the crossbow again against domestic animals, he should be sent to prison. Bad enough he got the crossbow back.

I detest animal sadists.