Target: Allan Smurthwaite
Goal: Reprimand Allan Smurthwaite for extreme neglect of kennel dogs.
New Zealand is one of the few places where animal welfare is a primary concern. The Animal Welfare Code protects countless animals from abuse, mistreatment and neglect. Kennel owner and farmer Allan Smurthwaite performed a direct violation of the Welfare Code when he kept nine dogs confined in kennels that were littered with feces and fleas.
Smurthwaite, 66, who lives in South Auckland, was reported to the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and upon visiting his property inspectors uncovered a shocking scene. Emaciated, infected and in obvious distress, nine pups were discovered chained and forced into cages that were too small. Inspectors concluded that the dogs hadn’t been fed for weeks, nor had they ever visited a veterinary clinic for immunizations and general care. What’s worse is the horrifying story of a pup named Putt Putt. After sustaining a painful injury to her left hind foot, due possibly to her poor living condition in a cramped cage, Putt Putt was so miserable that she chewed off her own foot. Raw flesh and bone protruding from the stump, Putt Putt was rushed to an area vet where the hind leg was amputated.
Executive director of the SPCA, Bob Kerridge, expressed his concern in a statement announcing:
“The kennels clearly fell well below the minimum standards set out in the Animal Welfare Code. All the dogs were put at risk of damage to their respiration and gastrointestinal systems due to the fecal, algal, and bacterial hazards in the kennels where they were confined for long periods of time…this is a case of neglect, pure and simple.”
Smurthwaite was convicted back in 2007 of five charges of ill-treating animals, but he was simply dished out an affordable fine and continued his inhumane treatment with the creation of this unsanitary and inhumane kennel. By signing this petition you’ll reprimand Smurthwaite for his obvious ignorance and act of extreme neglect, and encourage stronger sentences to be imposed on those with a history of animal abuse.
Dear Allan Smurthwaite,
Although your homeland of New Zealand is known for its Animal Welfare Code, your apathetic attitude towards the Code and act of shocking abuse are reason for reproach. You should be ashamed of yourself for being the proprietor of a kennel that chained its pups to cages that were cramped, disease riddled and unsanitary. What’s more is the terrible abuse endured by innocent Putt Putt, whose traumatic foot injury caused her to chew off her own limb because you ignored her obvious distress.
Now Putt Putt is permanently limited in her mobility, and the other dogs you exposed to such cruel treatment will forever be scarred by their serious injuries. Suffering like this should never be felt by any human being or animal, and I hope the court systems of New Zealand and beyond realize that people like you are incapable of feeling empathy and should never be allowed in the presence of innocent animals.
[Your Name Here]
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