Turepu James Keenan hands over the warrant to Te Are Manu Michael Baer 23012410
SPCA and Te Are Manu vets now have official legal rights to enter properties to desex or treat animals.
warrants, which were agreed upon by the Dog Registration and Animal Control
Committee (DRACC) meeting last week, means the SPCA and Te Are Manu can enter
properties to do their work.
Te Are Manu
vet Michael Baer said it was a step in the right direction.
we had no legal right to do so, this just makes the work we do that much
easier,” Baer said.
in most situations it would be our preference not to rely on using the warrant,
but we will use it in the case the owners are away, and the animals need care
welfare is at the forefront of our operations and these warrants help towards
providing a much-needed service for animals in distress who require medical
Te Are Manu and the SPCA had assisted in desexing programmes for dogs over the
past 18 months.
20 clinics so far, we would like to host another 10 by November,” he said.
desexing that we can do, the better we can control the populations of dogs on
the island. We are excited to have the support of the police for our more
recent desexing programmes.”
include members from Te Are Manu, SPCA, Ministry of Agriculture, Cook Islands
Police Services and Cook Islands Tourism and was formed to collaboratively address
the dog population issues in Rarotonga.
Islands Police Commissioner, Turepu James Keenan said, “The Police have some
in place to
address the wild and unruly dogs around the island, however there is certainly
that can be
done to strengthen the legislative framework in order to practically manage
it was hosting a cat desexing programme at Paws n Claws cat sanctuary from 8am
to 2.30pm today.
hoping to desex as many cats as possible as we head into the high part of the
kitten season,” Baer said.