Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Man sentenced for taping dog’s mouth shut

Media Release

December 18, 2009

Man sentenced for taping dog’s mouth shut

Waitakere City Council says the sentence handed out to a man who bound a dog’s mouth with electrical tape will send a message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in any way.

Fukahetau Togafana plead guilty and appeared in the Waitakere District Court this week where he was sentenced to 250 hours community service, ordered to pay $603.75 in costs and disqualified from owning a dog for five years.

The charges related to an incident in December last year when staff from the council’s Waitakere Animal Welfare unit were called to a Massey property where they found Bobby, a dog with its mouth bound by electrical tape and its legs tied with rope.

The tape was so tight it had cut in to the animal’s flesh. It also appeared it wasn’t the first time this had happened as its face was had swollen scars and dead tissue. There were also lesions on his legs.

It’s believed the dog’s mouth had been taped to stop it ripping in to rubbish bags.

“This is a pretty rare case for us but as you can imagine it was extremely traumatic for all our staff,” says Animal Welfare Waitakere manager Neil Wells.

“We appreciate that the judge has recognised the severity of the case and imposed the sentence of 250 hours community services – which is pretty high.

“We hope it will make people realise that this is not acceptable behaviour.”

The story of Bobby’s plight touched the nation but sadly there was no happy ending the traumatised canine.



“Unfortunately, despite efforts from our staff and a foster family to try to rehabilitate Bobby to a point where he could be re-homed, his psychological problems, which were fuelled by the abuse, could not be resolved and he had to euthanized,” says Mr Wells.

While traumatic for staff Mr Wells says it was good to be able to see the case through to fruition.

Waitakere Animal Welfare is the only local authority animal welfare unit in Auckland to have special delegated authority to investigate and prosecute animal welfare cases.

“It means less double handling and I think a more efficient process.

”And in this case it meant there was some justice – for Bobby.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Remembrance: Anzac After Christchurch

A community group is creating The Sound of Peace, a crowdsourced soundscape that captures messages of peace from New Zealanders in their own voices and languages...

The Anzac Eve event, The Art of Remembrance with Kristin Darragh, is a concert and memorial service in the grounds of the historic St David’s Memorial Church in Uptown Auckland.

‘As we remember the lives lost in World War One, we remember the horrors of all wars, and the potential to reach out across the divides now to expand understanding and a sense of our shared humanity.’ More>>

 

NZ And France To Seek To End Use Of Social Media For Terrorism

New Zealand and France announced today that the two nations will bring together countries and tech companies in an attempt to bring to an end the ability to use social media to organise and promote terrorism and violent extremism, in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attacks in Christchurch New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Attacks: Families Offered Option To Stay Permanently

Immigration New Zealand has created a special visa category for those directly impacted by the shootings at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood mosque, as well as their families. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: Consent Granted For Queens Wharf Cruise Ship Upgrade

In its decision, released this afternoon, Auckland Council says that although the upgrade will have a "range of adverse effects on the environment, both during construction and operation", these can be managed to an "acceptable" level. More>>

ALSO:

Welfare: Access To Hardship Grants Hits Record High

Figures from the Ministry of Social Development for the March 2019 Quarter showed that hardship assistance grants increased by $48 million in the past year... They also showed the emergency housing grants went from $6.6m to $23m, and there were 70,000 extra requests for assistance for food. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Scrapping The Capital Gains Tax

As PM Jacinda Arden said yesterday, there was no point in Labour bringing a proposal into the House that it didn’t have the votes to get passed. Looking back, maybe she always felt this outcome to be inevitable... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels