abandoning animals is an offence
It is an offence under New Zealand law to dump or abandon animals. Anyone needing advice about how to deal with unwanted animals should contact their local SPCA or pound. They could also arrange for any unwanted litters to be humanely euthanised at a vet clinic. These are far better options than abandoning defenceless animals and leaving them to die a horrible death.
The Animal Welfare Act states, “A person commits an offence who, being the owner of, or person in charge of, an animal, without reasonable excuse, deserts the animal in circumstances in which no provision is made to meet its physical, health, and behavioural needs.”
Whether an animal is dumped on the side of the road, in a stream, or left in a house after the owner moves away, these are all offences. There is no need to make any of these inhumane choices when help is available via the SPCA or pound. Financial hardship is no excuse for not doing the right thing. If you wouldn’t do it to a child, then don’t do it to an animal.
There is a simple solution to the dilemma of unwanted animals. It is desexing. Removing the ability of your pet to breed will give you a happier, healthier animal, and you will never have to suffer the stress of coping with unwanted litters. Anyone needing help to have his or her pet desexed should contact the SPCA or their local vet clinic for advice.
© Kawerau SPCA, August 2015
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