SPCA releases animal cruelty List of Shame

Maggie the Labrador-cross before and after she was rescued by the SPCA.
Maggie the Labrador-cross before and after she was rescued by the SPCA. Photo credit: SPCA

SPCA has released its annual List of Shame, detailing the worst animal abuse cases across New Zealand this year.

Maggie, an injured Labrador-cross tied up with a metal chain and neglected for weeks is just one of the animals whose horrific story is on this year's list.

Maggie's owner kept her tied up for weeks with a short chain embedded in a deep, festering wound around 90% of her neck.

Instead of seeking treatment for Maggie, he tied her up in a different part of his yard so his children wouldn't be upset by her horrific injuries.

Since the SPCA found her, Maggie has fully recovered and found a new home with a loving family.

The List of Shame is being released ahead of the SPCA's biggest nationwide fundraising drive, from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November.

This year's cases include the beating of a Labrador puppy who suffered two fractures to his left hind leg, a female dog hit three times on the head with a hammer, and a cat found with the tips of her ears cut off.

SPCA Chief Executive Andrea Midgen said the organisation dealt with close to 15,000 animal welfare complaints in 2016, costing around $9 million.

 "We receive almost no government funding to run the SPCA Inspectorate...We need the public's support to end this shameful cruelty in New Zealand once and for all.

"It's very clear that with such cruelty going on, the SPCA's work needs to continue  to protect those who cannot speak for themselves. The Annual Appeal aims to raise much-needed funds, which will be used to care for abused animals and educating people to help prevent cruelty."

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