SPCA staff believe a cat found drowned in Auckland's
Waitemata Harbour on Sunday was lured into a lobster trap and
left in the water to die.
The ginger and white cat was found floating in the trap
beneath the Auckland Harbour Bridge by members of the Royal
NZ Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), who were participating in the
Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships.
The cat and the trap were fished from the water by RNZYS
youth training programme coach Guy Pilkington, and Danielle
Bowater, who contacted SPCA Auckland.
SPCA inspector Matt Dingle examined the body at Westhaven
"The cat was inside a cylindrical plastic trap about a metre
or so long with a very small opening at one end. There was a
blue food bowl inside the trap with the cat, which suggests
to me that someone lured the cat inside and then disposed of
it in the harbour," Mr Dingle said.
SPCA Auckland vet manager Shalsee Vigeant confirmed the cat,
whose sex is yet to be determined, died by drowning.
"It is a very sad and inhumane way for any animal to die," Dr
SPCA Auckland chief executive Christine Kalin described it as
"an appalling act of animal cruelty".
"We need to find the culprit quickly and seek justice for
this innocent animal," Ms Kalin said. "This cat may have been
someone's beloved pet or it may have been a stray but either
way the person who killed it has committed a crime.
"We are appealing to members of the public to call us with
any information that might lead to the arrest of the
offender. If you have seen someone throwing something that
looked like this trap into the harbour, or have any other
information, please call us on 09 256 7300."
- Herald Online