Animal cruelty

Cat shot dead with nail gun

Far North SPCA inspectors are appalled after discovering the body of a cat shot seven times in the head with a nail gun.

Couple banned from owning animals

A former New Zealand Kennel Club dog-show judge and his wife have been banned from owning or caring for animals for 20 years.

Mosgiel boys 'set hedgehog on fire'

Dunedin police are seeking any witnesses to an incident in which two boys apparently set fire to a hedgehog, killing it.

Sixth mutilated cat found in town

Sixth mutilated cat found in town

A short-haired tabby kitten was found starved and with its ears trimmed in Waikouaiti last week, bringing to six the number of mutilated cats found in the town.

Anger over kitten torture

Anger over kitten torture

The torture of two kittens has angered Waikouaiti police, who are determined to track down those responsible.

Source of pigeon deaths in Exchange not found

Source of pigeon deaths in Exchange not found

An investigation into the possible poisoning of pigeons and other birds in the Exchange area of Dunedin has failed to find the source of the reported deaths.

Caged-hen pilot scheme gets thumbs down

Caged-hen pilot scheme gets thumbs down

Conditions in a pilot scheme touted as the egg industry's future are not much better than standard battery hen cages, animal welfare advocates say.

Protest highlights 'living hell' of hens

Protest highlights 'living hell' of hens

Cooped up in a cage for a month as a protest, Carl Scott says he's still better off than battery hens.

Rewards offered to find seal killers

Rewards of more than $14,000 are on offer for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the clubbing death of 23 fur seals near Kaikoura.

Animals suffer in increasingly violent nation

Animals suffer in increasingly violent nation The slaughter of 23 seals in a Kaikoura colony is a symptom of a sick society in which domestic abuse and cruelty to animals is almost certainly linked, writes Hayden Williams.

The slaughter of 23 seals at the colony near Kaikoura this week has horrified locals and police, as well as the nation but it is not an isolated incident.

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