Muffy, a 15-year-old blind and arthritic fox terrier used to rummage through its neighbours rubbish bags as night but had to be euthanised after the Waikanae neighbour threw a rock, hitting it in the head and fatally injuring it.
The man was convicted of recklessly ill-treating his neighbour's family pet. For fatally injuring Muffy the man was sentenced to nine months supervision, ordered to attend an anger management course, fined $800, pay reparations of $679, and disqualified from owning any animals for five years.
SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen says more people are starting to understand that certain actions or behaviours are not tolerated, and people are starting to report incidents more, which is a good thing.
Ms Midgen says the SPCA education programme, which is now in over 600 schools and growing across the country, teaches children to have compassion for animals.
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