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


Levin man left a puppy to starve

4 October 2015

Levin man moved out of his flat and left a puppy to starve

The emaciated puppy

When Brendan Hale moved out of his flat and locked the door he left a puppy alone inside to die.

Hale, 32, unemployed, pleaded guilty in the Levin District Court to a charge of reckless ill-treatment of an animal with the result that the pain or distress caused to the animal was so great it was necessary to destroy it in order to end its suffering. The offense carries a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment and/or a $75,000 fine.

He was sentenced to 175 hours of community work, 3 months community detention, disqualified from owning animals for 5 years (excluding current dog), and ordered to pay a $350 contribution to legal costs.

The case came to the attention of authorities when a Housing New Zealand contractor visited Hale’s former flat in Kinross Street, Levin, on 18 August 2014 to change the locks and clean the house.

Once inside the contractor found what he thought was a dead, tan coloured, male, pit-bull type puppy lying on some bedding in the laundry on a floor covered in faeces. He telephoned Housing New Zealand for assistance.

A Housing New Zealand Officer arrived and, although the puppy was moribund and non-responsive, he realised it was still alive and telephoned the police and animal control.

Animal Control Officers seized the puppy and transported it directly to a veterinary clinic for urgent examination. This revealed the puppy was emaciated with a body weight of 1.87kg – a normal weight would be between 3kg and 4kg. It was severely dehydrated and anaemic, had a subnormal body temperature, and respiratory rate of 6 breaths per minute (a normal rate would be between 10 and 30). The puppy had no palpable pulse and a weak heartbeat that was barely audible with a stethoscope. The puppy also had a heavy flea burden.

The veterinarian concluded that the puppy had been subjected to severe malnutrition and neglect. She estimated that it would have taken one to two weeks for the puppy to deteriorate into this condition, during which time it would have suffered significant pain and distress.

The puppy had to be euthanised in order to end its suffering.

When interviewed, the defendant confirmed he was the owner of the puppy and the only person who had keys to the property. He said he moved out of the property on the weekend of 9 and 10 August. He said an acquaintance had paid him $40 for the puppy and that he had left it in the house for his acquaintance to pick it up. He didn’t go back to the property to check on the puppy or telephone his acquaintance to follow up.

“Cases involving the neglect and starvation of animals are far too common in our country and I call upon members of the public to remain vigilant and report any instances of such abuse to the SPCA immediately,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Less Than Stellar Choices

Amid all the jostling in the National caucus ranks, spare a thought for Andrew Bayly. Who? Well might you ask. Plucked from obscurity by Judith Collin, elevated from number 18 to number 3 in the caucus rankings and given the Finance portfolio - a role in which he has been invisible ever since – Bayly seems destined for a future as a trivia quiz question. That’s because as the National leadership contest comes down to a choice between Simon Bridges and Christopher Luxon, the only decisions to be made on Tuesday are over who gets to be leader, and who gets the Finance job... More>>


Government: Workplace Vaccination Requirements Extended To Cover Police And NZ Defence Force

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today that workplace vaccination requirements will be extended to include the New Zealand Police and Defence Force in preparation for the transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on 3 December 2021... More>>

RNZ: Judith Collins removed as National Party leader
Dr Shane Reti is interim leader of the National Party after Judith Collins lost a no-confidence vote. Simon Bridges was demoted and stripped of all portfolios over allegations of an inappropriate comment made five years ago at a party function. Judith Collins was voted out as National's leader today after the party was locked in a caucus for more than three hours... More>>

Government: Supporting New Zealanders To Recover From COVID-19 In The Community
The Government is increasing the support for New Zealanders who test positive for COVID-19 through the rollout of the COVID Care in the Community model and a $300 million funding boost to Pharmac to purchase new medicines to treat the virus, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today... More>>


National: Launches First Step To World-class Tech Sector

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says technology will create exciting careers and higher paying jobs and has the potential to transform the New Zealand economy... More>>

Council For Civil Liberties: Disgraceful Government Secrecy On Vaccination Certificates As Legislation Rushed Through
On the eve of legislation to enable vaccination passes being rushed through Parliament under urgency, the Minister has said it will not publish the relevant policy papers until ‘late January 2022... More>>

Government: Providing Business The Tools To Vaccinate Workforces

The Government is building on measures to protect businesses and workers from COVID-19 as the country gets ready to transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on December 3, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today... More>>




InfoPages News Channels