SPCA New Zealand

Repeat animal abuser disqualified for 10 years

20 December 2016
Repeat animal abuser disqualified for 10 years

A serial animal abuser has been disqualified from owning animals for ten years by the Manukau District Court for hoarding animals in appalling conditions. In a first for this kind of case the sentence includes detailed supervision and counselling.

On December 8, the defendant was disqualified from owning animals for ten years following a 2013 investigation in which SPCA Inspectors discovered two cats, two turkeys, six chickens and a peacock living in filthy conditions without food or water at the defendant's Tokoroa property. In 2014, the defendant was offending again, this time in Botany, Auckland, with five cats found suffering, locked in her car without food or water.

As well as being disqualified from owning animals. Genet was sentenced to intensive supervision for two years with the following conditions:

  • Not to possess, consume or use any alcohol or drugs not prescribed to her
  • Complete a psychological assessment and undergo treatment recommended as part of the assessment
  • To not move house without the prior written approval of a probation officer. While the offending took place in Tokoroa and Auckland, the defendant now resides in the Far North.

SPCA's Auckland CEO, Andrea Midgen says she is pleased with the sentence because it’s tailored to the offender with the aim of effectively reducing reoffending.

“Our challenge is securing meaningful sentences for offenders who have unacceptable attitudes or misguided beliefs regarding animal welfare. When it’s clear that education won’t work and reoffending is highly likely then a sentence like this is appropriate.

“This sentence is a win for animal welfare. It’s the first case where detailed supervision and counseling have been ordered. We hope this sets a precedent in encouraging sentences that give offenders access to appropriate treatment and supervision to prevent reoffending and save innocent animals from harm,” says Ms Midgen.

The latest sentence follows on from the defendant's previous convictions. In 2006, the defendant was disqualified from owning animals for a period of six years after failing to seek vet care for a dog in her care that had suffered a serious accident, and owning two kittens who were living with cat flu. The defendant attempted to treat the animals herself, using treatments that a veterinary witness said they would never have used. The lack of proper treatment resulted in the death of one kitten, and the dog had to be euthanised on humane grounds.

Following this conviction the defendant continued to own animals despite the disqualification, including a pig, an adult cat, two kittens and two turtles who were found gasping for air at the top of a filthy tank, with no resting platform.

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