Call the SPCA and avoid vigilante action, says SPCA Otago
executive officer Sophie McSkimming.
Anyone who believed an animal was being neglected should
contact the SPCA rather than take the law into their own
hands, Ms McSkimming said yesterday.
''We don't want any vigilante stuff.''
The advice came after Canterbury woman Roxanne Dadswell told
the Otago Daily Times she had taken a husky named Wolf
from its Kingston home because she believed its owner, Ryan
Watt, was neglecting the dog.
After a tip-off, Mr Watt drove to Loburn, near Rangiora, and
Ms McSkimming said, from the photo in the Otago Daily Times
yesterday, Wolf appeared to be in ''beautiful condition''.
Ms Dadswell claimed Mr Watt had not met his obligations under
the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and she had since reported her
concerns about the dog to the SPCA.
Mr Watt said he made a formal statement to police yesterday
on Wolf's disappearance. The dog was doing well, he said.
Sergeant Colin Stewart, of Rangiora, said police spoke to Ms
No charges had been laid and inquiries were continuing, he