SPCA waiting on land consent

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The SPCA still does not have premises open in Oamaru.

A building has been found, but they are unable to open because the land they want to move the building to is yet to gain the tick of approval.

SPCA Dunedin executive officer Sophie Williamson said it was a frustrating process.

“We would love to open as soon as we can because we have a building available, but it’s just the consent for the land we’re waiting on.”

The building will be based in central Oamaru and will cater to all sorts of animals.

“We have a lady there in Oamaru who has looked after about 150 cats, but this new building is going to be the full monty and will be able to host cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits and any other pets out there.”

Miss Williamson said the ideal scenario would be for the consent to be signed off in the coming weeks so they could have a shelter by the start of July.

“Ideally the sooner the better, but we just have to wait and see and hope the consent doesn’t take too long. We want to be set up by the end of the year at the very latest.”

She said they had never forgotten about Oamaru and wanted to become part of the community.

“We want to become part of North Otago and feel the new building will help us establish ourselves best in the town.”

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY