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A meeting of the executive of the Otago Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was held yesterday afternoon in the office of the secretary (Mr T. S. Graham)- Mr Geo. Fenwick (president) was in the chair. —Annual Report.—

A draft copy of the 33rd annual report was approved by the meeting. In this report the committee drew attention to the fact that though the number of cases dealt with had proved greater than in the previous year, such was to a great extent a result of the interest taken in the working of the society by members and outsiders sending in complaints, the bulk of which turned out trivial or of a light character. There wore 135 cases reported upon during the year, as against 106 in 1913, 147 in 1912, and 120 in 1911. Proceedings were taken in eight of these cases, and convictions obtained in all, resulting in fines amounting to £ls 10s payable to the Government, the costs being £lO 15s. Eighteen cases were not proceeded against on account of weakness of evidence, and 50 complaints were investigated and considered no cases for various reasons. Sixty persons were cautioned for different offences as detailed in the inspector’s report. Twenty-live horses were destroyed, also three dogs. The number of members was 1,152, as against I, last year. This was a record for the society, and a credit to the energy of the inspector (Mr Craig) and a proof of the interest he continued to take in the work. In connection with this it had to bo borne in mind that fully 50 members’ names included 'in last year’s report had not been renewed owing to various causes—leaving the plane, giving up business, etc. —so that the increase was all the. more creditable. The subscriptions for 1914 amounted to £371 15s, as compared with £357 in 1913. £336 16s in 1912, and £505 11s 6d in 1911. An amount of £SO had been bequeathed by Mrs Foster (late of the Kaikorai) to the society, and would be invested with some spare funds on hand in a suitable security. The, committee recommended that the name of the Right lion. Sir Joshua Strange Williams, R.G., be added to the list of life members in slight recognition of his valued services as president of the society for 52 years. The thanks of the society were due to ,J. Summers (Waikouaiti). A. Imrie (Mosgiel). G. Grant (City), J. Jeffs (City), J, Brown (City), P. M‘ Fadgen (Daman;). K. Williamson (Blaekstono Hill). M. Dunnctt (Wahvera'i, E. M‘Ewen (Port Chalmers). J. bhcchv (Miller's Flat). T. A. Munro, J.P. (Kurow). J. Challis (Palmerston), F. Ebze.ry (Middle-march), and B. Leask (Kelso) for providing free of charge horses for the use of the, inspector whilst, travelling up country, also to Messrs Craig_ and Co. and F. M‘Gregor for granting the inspector a free pass in their coaches at Lawrence and St, Bat.hans. Tlio thanks of the society were also due to their numerous friends, and especially to the police officials, both in town and country, for their cordial assistance _ whenever required : also to the non. solicitors, auditors, and local agents. The committee desired to acknowledge the continued good services rendered to the society hv its secretary and hnn. treasurer, and‘to Mr W. D." Snowball, a member of committee, for the valuable expert advice lie was at all times ready to give his colleagues, and also expressed their thanks to Messrs W. D. Blair (Dunedin), H. E. Martin (Gore), J. Danskin (Baiclutha), and T. Cunningham (Oamaru). veterinary surgeons, for their kind offers of services if required. Mr Hadden Pennison r-till continued to take an interest in AW work of 4V\e. in Om-n-I avu district. The committee wished to statf? thot jt was mosf. clpm/viUlp anv information as to alleged emoitv should be accompanied by the' name and' address cd the. informant, which would bn received strictly in confidence, if f:o desired by the writer. Anonymous allegations would, however, lie "inquired into if they appear to lie made in good faith. Tile Inspector (Mr J. Ornigi repotted tlm! 136 cases of alleged enmity to animals had been inquired into during 1913 as follows High toon persona not nroeeeded .against ior want of evidence ; 30 complaints investigated and considered r,n eases ; eight persons were prosecuted and convicted 60 persons cautioned for various offences. He also reported having attended stock rale, sows, and race meet nigs in various places, and stated that, in Inks visits throughout the country he had observed further improvement hi the condition of stork, and the, effort,, of the society appeared to have, boon most, effectual in educating owners in this respect. Ho had received the utmost, .assistance) from both the, police and private individuals. ■—General.— Messrs Adams Bros., solh-imrs. wrote stating that the fate, Mrs Ellen Foster had bequeathed to the sociotv ilic sum of £s9.—Received.

The secretary of the Otago Ac< iimatis.-i----tmn Society wrote stating that the. man who caught tho opmsunis hr hi* soeh-tv would admit that some of them had their legs injured by the but the vtnienu nt that their legs v.oro roi ting was quite wrong, as he had dressed them, and they were healing up very wvij.—Received. Mr W. jViwnie Stewart. M.P., wrote stating ho would be glad to ho of what assistance he could in supporting suitable legislation to mitigate the evil of tinpea. rifle.-—ln this connection the secret*rv

jireduced, a. b;plock hone, which had been given him by a local butcher, and in which a bullet was embedded.—The Chairman said that evidently the nuisance was still rife. He hoped that next session a Bill won!,! be brought down to deal with the matter.

Tn referring to the substantia! credit j balance for the year, the. Chairman paid a I tribute to the work of the inspector of ! tho Society (Mr .V. Craig), to whose j energy it was due that the ne-dit ha lane.* j was increased, as well as the number of I subscribers. I

It was d-?d(3Wl to ho!r! the animal Jiiee-,- j jg ing erf flip society on Thmvclav, .lamia iv 28. at 4 p.m

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PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS, Issue 15699, 13 January 1915

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PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS Issue 15699, 13 January 1915

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