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February 24, 2012

Tougher penalty wanted for 27-year-old Glendene man who neglected his dog

Press Release – SPCA Auckland
SPCA Auckland Executive Director Bob Kerridge is bitterly disappointed that a Glendene man who severely neglected his boxer dog has not been fined or made to do community service.

Junior York, 27, pleaded guilty to “failing to provide … proper and sufficient food” for his dog and was sentenced by Judge Ryan in the Waitakere District Court on 16 February to two years disqualification from owning dogs and reparations of $491.12.

“Considering the serious neglect involved in this case, I am shocked and disappointed that the judge did not hand down a more severe penalty,” says Kerridge. “I would have at least expected a longer period of disqualification at least. This is tantamount to a slap with a wet bus ticket.

“With the recent increases in penalties under the Animal Welfare Act, I was hoping that judges might begin to hand down sentences to match....MORE>>

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