Pet pandemonium in central Auckland

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 6, 2013 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

Central Auckland descended into pet pandemonium as hundreds of animals were paraded up Queen Street on their way to church.

One of those behind the SPCA’s annual event has renewed calls for the Government to provide better protection for animals.

The large and unusual – a Mediterranean miniature donkey – joined the small and cheeky like rats, to mingle with every variety of man’s best friend.

Dressed in their Sunday best, hundreds of furry friends made their way from downtown Auckland to Saint Matthews-in-the-City church for the annual blessing of the animals service.

“This is the first time we’ve taken him to Queen Street and to church, so its going to be interesting,” said a donkey’s owner.

Preaching to the converted, SPCA executive director Bob Kerridge had a serious message, expressing disgust that it is still legal to test party pills on animals.

The Government is currently considering changes to the Animal Welfare Act.

“The one thing I really want to see in this bill is that we declare animals as sentient, in other words capable of feeling,” Mr Kerridge said.

The service itself went off without a hitch.

“It was as good as ever,” Mr Kerridge said.

“The dogs of course sung beautiful, interrupted on odd occasions. But we got through it alright – an not many puddles.”

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