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Animal abuse is a serious crime and can result in severe penalties. Animal cruelty defines a range of different behaviours that are harmful to animals. These behaviours range from neglect to malicious killing. Most cruelty reports are investigated by humane officers who can educate owners about unintentional neglect. Intentional cruelty or abuse is knowingly depriving an animal of food, water, shelter, socialisation and/or veterinary care or maliciously torturing, maiming, mutilating, or killing an animal.
Dog fighting is a terrible crime in New Zealand and creates a place for other criminal activities to proliferate, such as illegal betting and bad breeding practices.
You can be fined up to $50,000 and be sentenced to a year in prison if you:
Source: New Zealand Government
There are ways everyone can help to reduce this crime in New Zealand…
You can also keep an eye out for:
Keep your dogs safe by ensuring your property is well fenced and all gates are securely locked. If you do not already have locks on your gates, install them now and make sure they’re locked every time you leave the house.
Source: Police Manager’s Guild Trust
Last updated 26 May 2022