A malnourished puppy found abandoned in a box has died.
Rosie, the small fox terrier-cross had to be put down after she continued to have seizures.
The six-week-old puppy was featured in the Taranaki Daily News early last week after the SPCA made a plea for people to not abandon their animals.
SPCA spokeswoman Jackie Poles Smith said Rosie was in a malnourished state when she was found in an open box in Spotswood earlier this month, but the SPCA had hoped she would recover.
''She was better for awhile but then she started having seizures again. They became more frequent and intense and she had to be put down.
''We are really, really disappointed.
''We feel quite sure that if she hadn't been abandoned this would have never happened,'' she said.
Rosie had been taken to the vet twice because of her seizures and was put down late last week.
Mrs Poles Smith said abandoning an animal is a crime under the Animal Welfare Act and people could be jailed for 12 months or receive up to $25,000 in fines.
''It is totally unnecessary, unacceptable, cruel and negligent to abandon an animal,'' she said.
She said the SPCA was available to help owners, if they were contacted.
''There is absolutely no need to abandon an animal,'' she said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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