SPCA Auckland seeks witnesses to abused dog dumping

Press Release – SPCA Auckland

SPCA Auckland is calling for members of the public to help identify the person who dumped a severely emaciated dog in Manurewa on Friday 27 January. The dog was dumped in a cardboard box at the end of a driveway in Alfriston Road, Manurewa last Friday.31 January 2012

SPCA Auckland seeks witnesses to abused dog dumping

SPCA Auckland is calling for members of the public to help identify the person who dumped a severely emaciated dog in Manurewa on Friday 27 January.

The dog was dumped in a cardboard box at the end of a driveway in Alfriston Road, Manurewa last Friday. The owner of the property called the SPCA Auckland 24-hour animal rescue hotline at 2pm that day and SPCA Inspector Andre Williams attended the property immediately.

The property owner had taken the dog and wrapped it in blankets, as the dog was in a terrible condition, cold and shivering, emaciated and very weak, says Williams.

“The dog was in such a severe state that it couldn’t stand, its bones were showing through the skin, its claws were seriously overgrown, and it was generally in a terrible state.”

SPCA Chief Executive Officer, Christine Kalin says the case is an absolutely disgusting example of animal cruelty and neglect.

“This level of abuse cannot go unpunished. Our inspectors are investigating the case to try and bring those responsible to justice. We are determined to find those responsible for this despicable act of animal cruelty and abuse.”

SPCA Auckland is now appealing for any witnesses who may have seen someone dumping the box in the vicinity of Alfriston Road in Manurewa to call SPCA Auckland on 09 256 7300.

The cardboard box has been sent away for forensic testing and SPCA Auckland hopes some fingerprints or other evidence can be obtained from it.

SPCA Auckland is empowered under the Animal Welfare Act 1999 to protect all animals from abuse, neglect, and abandonment, and to prosecute people who break this law. To report such cases, please phone 09 256 7300.

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