Not all fluffy kittens and puppies at SPCA

Design . . . Artist's impression of new dog arrivals and isolation centre at SPCA Otago in Opoho. IMAGE: MCKENZIE ARCHITECTS

A glistening glass facade of the new dog arrivals and isolation centre at SPCA Otago in Dunedin will reveal the grim reality of the results of animal abuse.

SPCA Otago chief executive Sophie McSkimming said the construction of the new dog arrivals and isolation centre would be finished in about six weeks.

A section of the centre would have a glass frontage to give people the opportunity to see “mistreated” dogs the SPCA has received in a bid to reveal the work of the charity.

“I’m sick of hiding the skinny dogs we have to deal with .. people need to be able to see them and see what SPCA deals with – it’s not all fluffy kittens and little puppies.”

The demolition of the “crappy” building housing cats would begin next month to make way for the construction of the new cat arrivals and isolation centre.

The construction of the main building, including the education centre, staff offices, veterinary consultation rooms, adoption reception area, laundry and dry goods store for pet food, was complete.

The new building was expected to open next month, as the Dunedin City Council needed to sign off a certificate allowing the public to enter the facility.

The rebuild project was expected to cost $1.5million and nearly $1.32million had been raised.

The money collected from the street appeal on November 9 and 10 would go towards the shortfall, Ms McSkimming said.