SPCA Otago chief inspector Virginia Pine is ''extremely
disappointed'' in the sentence imposed on a Dunedin man, who
was convicted in relation to a ''very disturbing'' animal
Raymond Brent Anderson (47) was convicted yesterday of
ill-treating a female Staffordshire bull terrier-cross by
neglecting the animal between July 1 and August 21.
Anderson owned the dog, named Storm, which died six weeks
after having a litter of eight puppies.
He was sentenced in the Dunedin District Court yesterday by
Judge Colin Doherty to 100 hours' community work and ordered
to pay reparation of $1082.25 to SPCA Otago.
Anderson, a beneficiary, of Brockville, was also disqualified
from owning a dog for two years.
After the sentencing, Mrs Pine told the Otago Daily Times she
believed Anderson should have received at least 200 hours'
community work, if not a custodial sentence, and he should be
banned from owning a dog for at least five years.
''I'm extremely disappointed with the sentence. It was a very
disturbing case in which Storm basically sacrificed her life
to feed her puppies and while she was deteriorating in
condition her owner turned a blind eye and did nothing,'' she
The summary of facts stated Anderson failed to adequately
feed Storm and a necropsy showed the dog was emaciated, had
no body fat and was severely dehydrated before she died.
A used sanitary pad was found in the dog's stomach, her
mammary glands were enlarged but devoid of milk and she was
found buried in Anderson's overgrown vegetable patch with a
plastic bag over her head, secured by a metal choke chain
around her neck.
A member of the public reported Anderson to SPCA inspectors
in August, when his property was searched and Storm's shallow
grave was excavated.
Anderson told inspectors one of the puppies had died soon
after birth and two had been re-homed.
The remaining five puppies at his house were found to be
malnourished and worm-infested, with inadequate shelter and
They were taken by inspectors and cared for at the SPCA Otago
In court yesterday public defender Catherine Ure said
Anderson did not accept parts of the summary and the cause of
Storm's death could not be established.
She said the case did not involve a lengthy period of neglect
compared with others and Anderson was remorseful.
He ''signed over'' his remaining animals to the SPCA after
pleading guilty earlier this month, she said.
Judge Doherty told Anderson his sentence would have been
increased by 40 or 50 hours if he had not pleaded guilty.
Mrs Pine said the reparation would not cover the full cost of
investigating the case and housing the five puppies, but SPCA
Otago had not expected to be fully reimbursed, given Anderson
was a beneficiary.
She said if Anderson had contacted the SPCA before Storm's
death he would have been given food and advice.
''We are there to help. We don't want to be exhuming dogs and
determining how they died. The message to the public is come
and talk to us,'' she said.