Published on www.nzherald.co.nz on 05/03/2020
Hawkes Bay Today By: Christian Fuller
A Hawke’s Bay woman is banned from owning dogs for five years after she starved a pet to death in a case the SPCA says is “beyond comprehension”.
Kura Munro, 37, was found guilty after a one-day trial of failing to provide her dog Whero with proper and sufficient food and adequate and timely health interventions.
Munro was sentenced to nine months’ supervision, disqualified from owning dogs for five years and ordered to pay $740 reparation in the Napier District Court on Monday.
The SPCA had received information that Whero, a brindle crossbreed dog owned by Munro, had died of starvation in July 2018.ADVERTISEMENT
A search warrant was executed and Whero’s body was found chained to a wooden kennel in the corner of a back yard.
Inspectors seized Whero’s body for veterinary examination and necropsy.
A pathologist concluded the combination of starvation and suspected gastric ulceration and blood loss would have caused severe discomfort for Whero.
SPCA CEO Andrea Midgen said it is “unbelievable to think that a person would treat an animal like this”.
“In the last weeks of Whero’s life he was essentially a prisoner on a chain, at the total mercy of his owners and unable to move or get free for food.
“Why a person would treat their pet like this is beyond comprehension.”
Munro, who claimed that she checked Whero’s water every day, later admitted that she had noticed that he was getting skinny about two days before he died, but she did nothing about it.
She also said her ex-partner was responsible for feeding Whero and she did not feed or check on Whero herself because it was too cold in the morning before going to work, and it was dark in the evening when she got home.
Her ex-partner denied this.