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

 

Kitten loses eye, owner fails to seek treatment

Botany Downs woman Genevieve Forde claims she couldn’t afford treatment for her kitten’s severely infected and ruptured eye, leaving the kitten half-blind as a result.

Ms Forde was convicted today in the Manukau District Court for ill-treating an animal. She given 60 hours community service and ordered to pay reparations of $2250. The cat was forfeited to the SPCA.

The story began on Friday 8 March 2013 when an SPCA Auckland Inspector was called to the Great South Vets veterinary clinic to attend to a four-month-old, black-and-white, female kitten that had a severely diseased right eye.

The Defendant had brought the kitten to the clinic to be desexed but staff refused to perform the operation unless the eye was also treated. The Defendant was given the option of surrendering the kitten to the SPCA if she could not afford the treatment, but instead simply left the kitten at the clinic.

The kitten’s right eye had a large, dry mass protruding from it and was oozing thick, yellow fluid. The kitten was hunched and pulled away from any attempts to touch her head, indicating pain and distress. Following unsuccessful attempts to contact the Defendant, the kitten was seized and transported to SPCA Auckland for veterinary treatment.

The SPCA Veterinarian found the kitten had an infected and ruptured right eyeball that was at such an advanced stage of injury that removal of the eye was the only treatment option. Surgery was performed the same day to relieve the kitten’s suffering.

The SPCA Veterinarian said the eye rupture was likely a result of infection that had been left untreated for up to two months. During that time the injury would have been very obvious and any layperson would have recognised the need for veterinary treatment. It would have been painful and distressing for the kitten and could have been alleviated with treatment.

The veterinary clinic’s records show that the kitten’s ruptured eyeball had been diagnosed on 5 February 2013 and that surgical removal had been recommended. The Defendant had simply done nothing until 8 March when she brought the kitten in for desexing.

“The Defendant says she could not afford to have the kitten treated and was unwilling to surrender it to SPCA Auckland. So instead she did nothing hoping it would all just ‘go away’. This is utterly unacceptable on every level,” says Christine Kalin, SPCA Auckland CEO.

“Because of the Defendant’s failure to secure treatment for the kitten, it has endured unnecessary pain, distress, major surgery, and the loss of its right eye resulting in permanent disability.

“When you take on the care of an animal you are totally responsible for its wellbeing. If animals in your care need help and you fail to seek treatment for them, then you are guilty of neglect and cruelty and we will prosecute you.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>

 
 

Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election