Riverhead, New Zealand news – A woman, who is a repeat offender for animal neglect, has once again come under suspicion. Anne Power who describes herself as an animal lover is being investigated again by the SPCA for neglect.
SPCA Auckland chief executive Christine Kalin started the investigation of Power after neighbors saw a horse under Power’s care collapse and die and reported it to authorities. According to witnesses, the downed horse died, was left there, and was soon being chewed on by a dog. There are other horses, perhaps 11 or 12. on the Riverhead north Auckland property, being kept in the confines of a small paddock.
Kalin arranged to have samples taken from the dead horse in order to establish a cause of death. The ensuing investigation will also check into the condition of the other animals on the property.
Kalin stated, "It is a matter we are taking seriously. We have a warranted inspector doing the investigation and we are doing all we can." She said once all the evidence has been collected, the SPCA would determine whether the Animal Welfare Act had been breached and if it would lay charges.
A neighbor and local of Riverhead, Alice Hayward, told of seeing the horse die:
When we went up to have a look at it I had to turn away. This has to be stopped. That horse didn't deserve to die. ... It just looked like neglect.
Neighbors believe that Power is again neglecting her animals. They are seeking an SPCA ban to stop Power from owning any other animals for her lifetime.
Based on prior records, Power has a long history with authorities – in fact she has over 50 animal neglect infringements and a 1998 conviction.
Power leased the land from Philip Song, who has asked her to remove her horses and cattle. Song says, "Her animals have damaged my property, the fences, and she won't fix them. There are too many and they have no food, that's the reason they're always trying to get out."
Power was not available to discuss the matter.
Animal neglecters and abusers need to be dealt with to prevent recurrences.
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