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Animal welfare watchdog needed, study finds

Animal welfare watchdog needed, study finds

A Law Foundation-backed report is helping drive a push for more effective enforcement of animal welfare law. The report, Animal Welfare in New Zealand: Oversight, Compliance and Enforcement, gained considerable publicity on its release at the end of May around its key finding that less than one percent of complaints under…
Animal cruelty and family violence

Animal cruelty and family violence

In a recent animal welfare prosecution, New Zealand Police v Hanuere Paul Witehira [2017] NZDC 16476, the court sentenced an offender to two years’ and five months’ imprisonment for bashing a puppy eight times on the head with a hammer, resulting in its death. The offending occurred in a family…
Knowingly or recklessly selling sick or diseased animals

Knowingly or recklessly selling sick or diseased animals

A 10-year prohibition against an animal welfare offender from owning or exercising authority over animals was recently imposed in a prosecution conducted by the Auckland SPCA. In SPCA Auckland v Xiang Max Bai [2017] NZDC 5204, the defendant was accused of selling ill puppies without disclosing that they were suffering from…
Animal welfare prosecutions: Recent case studies involving the ill-treatment of dogs

Animal welfare prosecutions: Recent case studies involving the ill-treatment of dogs

In this incident, the defendant was seen beating his four-month-old puppy, named Floyd, in the back of his vehicle in the car park of a mall in Hamilton. The vehicle’s boot was open and the defendant was seen holding Floyd up with one hand around its throat, shaking and choking…
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