New Zealand Dog News

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July 09, 2008

Botched tail docking leaves pup fighting for life

The SPCA says a puppy which had its tail hacked off in "rough, backyard butcher fashion" may not survive without surgery.

Versace, a three-month-old rottweiler mix, has been in SPCA care since it was found in severe pain wandering the streets of Silverdale, Hamilton, last week.

Vanessa, a volunteer at SPCA who would not give her surname, described the incident as "absolutely horrific". "It is up there as one of the most horrible things we've seen come in here," she said. "When he first came in, he was a cowering mess."

Versace, who was named by SPCA staff, had its tail docked in a way that made it unlikely the wound would heal on its own.

The action is viewed as a severe offence under the Animal Welfare Act of 1999 and is punishable with up to six months in jail or a fine of up to $25,000. MORE>>

Sounds like abortion when women went to get them done in their backyard. When it's made illegal, it goes underground... sounds like drugs, prostitution, et c.. etc.. it's better to regulate than to ban.


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