New Zealand: ‘Absolutely Shocking’ Animal Cruelty Case Still Unresolved

Paul Harper
NZ Herald
2012-02-13 17:02:00


The Auckland SPCA is no closer to finding the person responsible for one of the worst cases of animal negligence staff have seen.

Bright Eyes, a Staffordshire-cross, was found abandoned in a cardboard box at the end of a driveway in Alfriston Road, Manurewa, on January 27. The dog was so emaciated it could not stand, its bones were shown and its claws were seriously overgrown. Despite media reports appealing for information on who was responsible, no one has been held accountable.

“There were a few phone calls from the public but nothing that lead us in the direction of finding the person responsible,” SPCA Auckland chief executive Christine Kalin said.

“In terms of the forensics, unfortunately we weren’t able to get any forensics off the box. So it looks like in this case we will be unable to find the offender.”

Ms Kalin said the dog was in a frail condition and it was “very much touch and go”. “There has been a little bit of an improvement, but it is still by no way out of the woods. “Ultimately what will guide our decision is what is in the best interests of the puppy. That’s a vet decision, that won’t be SPCA organisational decision.”

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