Waikato woman who found cat hanged in cattery wants regulations

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Lula, left, playing with Sailor.

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Lula, left, playing with Sailor.

A woman in North Waikato calls for stricter regulations on boarding schools and catteries after finding her cat hanging dead from a galvanized chain link fence.

Pokeno’s wife, Helen Vance, has booked her nine-month-old Siamese cats, Lula and Sailor, to stay at the Beaver Road Pet Hotel in Mumbai during Auckland’s Birthday Long Weekend.

It was the second time Vance had reserved his “babies” at the cattery since their first visit when they were five months old.

Helen Vance would like to see regulations put in place regarding pet hotels and boarding schools.

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Helen Vance would like to see regulations put in place regarding pet hotels and boarding schools.

“I didn’t have any issues at that time,” Vance said.

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On the morning of January 30, she went to pick up her cats from their pen with Peter Abbott, owner of the Beaver Road Pet Hotel, but instead of being greeted by her cats, she found one stuck and unable to break free.

Helen Vance considered her two Siamese cats to be her babies.

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Helen Vance considered her two Siamese cats to be her babies.

Lula’s head had passed through the 50-millimeter galvanized wire mesh.

“She was hanging back,” Vance said.

Lula’s brother, Sailor, was there too, “crying madly” for her sister to respond.

The owners of the Beaver Road Pet Hotel, Peter Abbott and his wife Janice, were absolutely devastated when they found Lula in her enclosure.

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The owners of the Beaver Road Pet Hotel, Peter Abbott and his wife Janice, were absolutely devastated when they found Lula in her enclosure.

“I was overjoyed to take my babies. It was total excitement to the devastation in seconds – it wasn’t something I expected to see.”

Abbott rushed to the cat’s aid, but he couldn’t free Lula.

Abbott then found wire cutters and freed the lifeless feline, while Vance picked up Sailor and took him to the reception area.

“After what seemed like an eternity of wailing and hugging and apologizing to Sailor, I brought my two babies home – Lula dead in a cardboard box and Sailor looking and crying madly in the crate of transport.”

She said the lack of regulation in the cattery and breeding industry was to blame for Lula’s death.

The compound where Lula and Sailor were kept was temporarily repaired with metal ties until Peter Abbott replaced the fence with a smaller galvanized chain link.

RUWADE BRYANT / STUFF

The compound where Lula and Sailor were kept was temporarily repaired with metal ties until Peter Abbott replaced the fence with a smaller galvanized chain link.

“Ignorant, I didn’t know or understand anything about cable regulations and didn’t think I needed them. This isn’t about Lula, the industry needs to change.”

According to an SPCA spokesperson, there are no specific regulatory tools in place that pet hotels are required to adhere to.

There are, however, welfare codes for cats and dogs, but these “do not have specific conditions that apply to motels or pet boarding schools.”

“The problem is that a series of conditions and operating protocols for residential schools are not covered in the current odes. For example, the SPCA would like to see conditions related to the provision of vulnerable animal identification, minimum care regimens and training requirements. for staff “

Abbott, has owned the Beaver Road Pet Hotel with his wife Janice for 19 years. They have put up the same 50mm wire mesh fence since the company opened.

“We have been operating for a very long time and we have never had this problem,” he said.

“It was awful, just physically awful – it was a nightmare, I couldn’t believe it.”

But he also thinks that regulations on catteries and kennels must be put in place.

“There is no doubt about it, the industry, like any other industry, would benefit from some sort of regulation,” he said.

He has promised to cover two enclosures with a smaller 25mm galvanized chain link fence after the Easter long weekend and has promised not to house kittens or smaller cat breeds until the changes. be completed.

“This then greatly increases the safety and security when [we are] faced with the boarding of younger or smaller cats, thus eliminating any risk of recurrence of… accidental death. ”

Abbott also vowed to compensate Vance for his loss and offered to ultimately help Vance find a replacement for Lula.

“We just hope that over time Helen can come to terms with this, and I hope she can find a good replacement, although we understand it will never be the same again.”

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