Animal Welfare

Manawatu, Feilding and Districts SPCA helps provide animal welfare, animal rescue, pet adoption, education and pet supplies throughout the Palmerston North area.
Animal Welfare Concerns

Animal cruelty concerns

What should I do if I have concerns about animal neglect or cruelty?

Contact us immediately - that's what we're here for.
We can then talk about your concerns and see if a visit by an Animal Welfare Inspector is necessary.
We operate a 24 hour, 7 day a week emergency service

Phone: (06) 3572516
Emergency After Hours: 06 777 5116

All complainants' details are kept confidential.


Animal Welfare Inspectors

The Manawatu, Feilding and Districts SPCA has two Animal Welfare Inspectors. They respond to allegations of animal cruelty and neglect.

Inspectors are appointed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to enforce the Animal Welfare Act 1999.  Inspectors are trained through Unitec School of Animal Health and Welfare.  Their training includes animal welfare law, planning, preparation and conducting investigations, observation, first aid to both large and small animals, emergency euthanasia, animal behaviour and transportation of small and large animals.

Inspectors must be competent and able to deal with a range of situations from aggressive animals to aggressive people, interviewing offenders, compiling evidence into a prosecution file and presenting that evidence in a court in a clear, concise manner.

The Animal Welfare Act 1999 bestows certain powers on inspectors. They are able to enter on to any land, premises, stationary vehicle, aircraft or ship at any reasonable time for the purposes of inspecting animals. Inspectors are able to give legal instruction to mitigate suffering, take possession of, and maintain possession of, an animal where they have reasonable grounds to believe that an offence against the Animal Welfare Act 1999 has been committed. 

Animal Welfare Concerns
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