ANIMAL WELFARE INVESTIGATIONS
Last year our team of Inspectors investigated over 1,078 animal welfare complaints across the Wellington region. SPCA Inspectors act as law enforcers to ensure the safety of Wellington's vulnerable animals.
The Animal Welfare Act 1999 bestows certain powers on an Inspector where they are able to enter onto any land, premises, stationary vehicle, aircraft or ship at any reasonable time for the purposes of inspecting animals. During their inspection they may take any photographs, sound or video recordings, drawings or other records (whether paper-based or electronic) of anything relevant to, and observed during, an inspection. If the Inspector has grounds to believe an animal has been mistreated they are able to take possession of, and maintain possession of, this animal.
If there has been a deliberate act of violence or neglect, our Inspectors seek justice through the courts, acting as the voice for animals.
In many cases our Inspectors are able to work with the community to ensure the right outcome for an animal. Education and advice is our first preference because through education we can improve the care of animals long term in the community.
Sometimes we need to provide more support with specific guidance or support materials to help people meet their obligations. Other cases require a formal approach with specific directions and instructions to comply.
Inspectors work with other organisations such as the Police, Animal Control, the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Department of Conservation.
Bailey, a 6-year-old German Shepherd, came to our Inspectors' attention and was seized in October last year with bleeding and raw skin. She was brought to our Wellington Centre where she received treatment, love and care from our staff and volunteers, and her kind foster parents.
The owner had not sought vet treatment, and refused to surrender ownership or accept they had failed Bailey. The case was heard in court in a defended hearing, where the judge found the owner guilty and transferred Bailey’s legal ownership to Wellington SPCA.
The owner was ordered to pay reparation of $1,865.17, plus lawyer's costs of $200, and disqualified from owning or exercising authority in respect of animals for 4 years.
We are extremely happy to share that Bailey has been adopted by her foster parents, Brenda and John. She now has a bright future ahead of her, being well cared for and spending her days enjoying their company and that of her new sister, 8-month-old Sharpei “Sugar”.
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animal welfare complaints were investigated
properties were inspected for canine adoptions and animal foster homes
animals were removed from their owners due to inadequate care
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