The SPCA is calling for councils to take a more proactive role in controlling dog populations in their areas, as animal shelters struggle to keep up with the deluge of unwanted animals.
One weekend last month, Kaitaia SPCA received 30 puppies. Nelson is full with 29, Taupo got 17 on Thursday and Auckland is overloaded.
It is uncertain what has caused this influx, but many SPCA centres are underwhelmed by the incentives offered by their local councils to encourage owners to de-sex their dogs. MORE>>