SPCA cut staff hours and services

Marlborough SPCA will welcome a new manager in the New Year, following financial restructuring that has resulted in role changes for staff.

SPCA regional manager Geoff Sutton said reduced funds forced a reshuffle as well as emphasised the need for more fundraising at branches.

"Ultimately, Marlborough SPCA is one in a number in the country that are experiencing financial difficulties."

Like other branches, it relied solely on income from donations and fundraisers.

Marlborough SPCA's five staff have been retained, however their role and hours have changed to meet budget constraints. Most staff had volunteered to work reduced hours, Mr Sutton said.

Two people have been newly appointed, including the manager/branch inspector who is due to start on January 13.

In the past six months, Marlborough SPCA had also cut a number of services to reduce costs, including free de-sexing and the Trap, Neuter, Release programme.

Mr Sutton believed these services should be paid for by pet owners. "We are pulling back on these so we can continue to concentrate on animal welfare."

The Marlborough Express