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Wednesday, Nov 30, 2005
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
"It's lower than low," Auckland's SPCA chief executive Bob Kerridge told NZPA. "When someone comes in and steals one we've got no idea what sort of home it's going in to - it's really very upsetting." Mr Kerridge said Mangere's SPCA centre had been inundated with stray animals this month - averaging 70 a day. He said it was lucky more people were coming in to adopt animals because it was Christmas. The new arrivals were mostly kittens at this time of year, but numbers were higher than usual Mr Kerridge said.
The missing 10-week-old ginger male had three siblings, who were all brought in with their stray mother. They had recently returned to the centre after being fostered out until they reached adoption age. "Because we receive so many animals and we feel for them and what they've been through - being born unwanted and discarded and (going) through traumas - we get pretty attached to them. "So we're careful who we adopt to."
Mr Kerridge said the thief, someone with "the morals of a lizard", would not have been chosen.
The kitten would have cost $95 to adopt. Mr Kerridge said the charge covers vaccination and de-sexing costs already carried out by SPCA, "we don't make a profit".
Mr Kerridge also said when the holiday season arrives people surrender their animals - particularly dogs - to the SPCA to deal with. Either they can't be bothered or can't make provisions for them in the holidays ," he said. "So much for that human-animal bond we talk about."
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- NZ News - December 19, 2005
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