Constable David Gallagher thought it would be a good idea to serve me with some trespass notices recently. The first one was for Rachel Norman's property in Chester Road. Norman works at the Event Centre and was a witness for the prosecution against me in a recent unsuccessful Court case. I have had nothing to do with Rachel Norman ever apart from her making a false statement to police and the Court about me allegedly going to the library one day, which has been discredited, along with a number of similar allegations involving Carterton District Council staff and others with a grudge against me for various reasons, in this case stemming from the illegal closure of the Carterton Community Centre, and Community Gardens, etc, services which I am endeavouring to maintain and reinstate in our community. David Gallagher knows perfectly well that he had no business serving the notice as there was no likelihood WHATSOEVER that I would go to Norman's and that the only reason I had was to recover MY horse, which had been taken there against my wishes.
This matter began one weekend recently when I was at home with a friend when we saw a horse I recognised as mine, a white Arab gelding (with a brand that identifies him beyond doubt) called Patrick (also known as Paddy) go past my house on the footpath headed north accompanied by Katherine Arcus, who I had loaned the horse to (along with her sisters) on certain conditions, such as that they kept his feet trimmed and shod if necessary, that they didn't allow him to become overweight as he was prone to laminitis, that they not use a saddle on him (which was a condition I accepted from the previous owner when I took ownership of him), and that they keep me informed of how he is and not move him from their property without permission, and return him to me when they no longer wanted him or if I wanted him back sooner.
When I looked at the horse I saw that his feet hadn't been trimmed for a very long time, he was grossly overweight, unfit, hot and sweating - under a saddle - and being ridden in the hottest part of the day, for a considerable distance obviously (as was later confirmed). I asked Katherine where she was taking him and she said to Rachel Norman's. I wasn't impressed. The Arcus girls know perfectly well that I would NEVER agree to my horse going to Rachel Norman's property, and I was disappointed that they would deceive me by taking the horse there without telling me, and to neglect and abuse the horse by riding him that distance in his condition during the hottest part of the day.
I wasn't impressed and made that fairly clear, but not in an aggressive or hostile manner, but I allowed her to continue but said that I would quite likely be going to Rachel Norman's to get the horse in the next few days and bring him into town to do his hooves and have him handy for children to ride during the school holidays - as Katherine Arcus indicated that she and her sisters no longer wanted him, which was the first I'd heard of this. I had paddocks available in town but wasn't in position to take possession of the horse right at that moment and just wanted him hosed down and put in a shady paddock with a drink of water as soon as possible. Katherine heard me and agreed that I was going to go and get the horse in the next few days, and there is no question about that.
A few days later I went to Rachel Norman's and found Patrick not looking very happy so removed him and brought him into town, where his diet is being controlled so he doesn't founder (get laminitis), etc. I left a note, out of courtesy, informing Rachel Norman where he'd gone, and called into the Event Centre the next morning as I was passing to make sure she had seen the note.
Imagine my surprise when I then received a rude and abusive series of messages from one of the Arcus girls, Juliet, and a number of extremely nasty threats, which will be posted here shortly, and then several days later I was stopped in the street by Constable Gallagher who raved on hysterically about the fact that I'd taken "Rachel Norman's horse". When he'd finished I informed him that it wasn't Rachel Norman's horse at all it is MY horse, which was being neglected and ill treated by a woman who committed perjury against me in Court - what a cheek, I thought. He put half the papers he was holding back in his car and issued me with a trespass notice for Norman's property - despite me assuring him that he was simply wasting taxpayer's time and money again because I'd never had anything to do with Norman and certainly didn't intend to, and had only gone there to recover MY horse - as agreed with Katherine Arcus as a condition of him going to the property! I will be issuing these Arcus girls with Witness Summonses in order to examine Constable Gallagher's credibility in Court when his charges against me are heard - IF they are - the local police and the Crown seem to have now established a very long list of failed, corruptly laid, prosecutions against me - based on no evidence, evidence proven to be perjurous such as that of local prostitute Rachel Betteridge and her partner, etc. Constable Gallagher screamed at me as I walked away "You need to be taught a lesson!" - it's HIM who needs to be taught a lesson.
Val Ball left messages on my phone alleging that Flynn was "in very poor condition and needs to be euthanased immediately", etc, including false allegations about what the local vets had said. I emailed her and asked that all future communications be in writing, asked her to define "poor condition", refuting the allegations that he was in poor condition AND that the vet had said any such thing! The vets had all commented on what GOOD condition he was in (apart from the tumour, which the vets had told Val wasn't bothering the horse unduly.
So here's the recent email I received, in red, and my response:
Thank you for contacting RNZSPCA about this matter. Could you please call me or alternatively send me a contact number so I can call you to discuss this further.
Lloyd Warren, Regional Manager (Central) Inspectorate and Centre Support"
I advised Mr Warren that because of the blatant lies told by Val Ball I preferred all further communication be in writing, whereupon I received a request for all emails from Val Ball - the onus is on VAL BALL to provide this information according to the Privacy Act NOT me! In due course I then received this arrogant and dismissive response, which totally ignores the main part of my email:
When an SPCA takes receipt of an animal welfare concern they are duty bound to investigate the matter. SPCA make every effort to obtain the concerned callers name and contact number however for a variety of reasons a large percentage of callers remain anonymous. SPCA endeavour to investigate any animal welfare concern received.
Once an animal welfare complaint has been received it is common for the officer in charge (Animal Welfare Inspector) to contact relevant organisations (Council, Police, veterinary clinics, etc) to attempt to gather additional information which may assist the Inspector in the investigation of the complaint. The Inspector would in most cases visit a property or land to inspect an animal.
Please note that in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 1999 an SPCA Animal Welfare Inspector (section 124(2)) has the power to enter, without warrant, any land for the purposes of inspecting any animal/s (section 127(1)).
I have spoken with Val Ball and the vet who operated on your horse and I am satisfied that the horse is in satisfactory condition, however please be advised that an SPCA Inspector may from time to time visit the horse.
Which horse? That's why I've requested ALL INFORMATION from her - because she obviously lied about the horse the vet operated on, and at least one of the other ones apparently. The operation obviously wasn't "free" for the vets to perform was it - it used drugs for one thing and they cost money, it took two hours or so of senior vet's time, and after all the trouble Val Ball has caused and the statements made by Val Ball you need to indeed honour Val Ball's statement that SPCA would assist with "costs" because as I say, it all cost money and SPCA can make a reasonable donation to the vets to cover the "costs" of the medication, the "costs" to the clinic of having two senior vets occupied on other business all that time, travel costs, etc - I have discussed with the vet setting up a fund (controlled by the vets, not me) to assist them in offering similar treatment to animals if it benefits the community, or even just to cover the costs of the community work the vets do all the time that people don't hear about - euthansing animals hit by traffic that have been brought in by someone and the owner is never identified, etc. The SPCA's hysterical fabrication of a situation that didn't exist because the horse was never in pain or suffering, or anything other than mild discomfort, caused a considerable amount of EXTRA expense for the SWVS - having to examine the horse repeatedly and answer the phone repeatedly, write reports, travel all over the place to examine the horse unnecessarily etc, and it's only fair that Val Ball contribute to these unnecessary costs. I have shown her evidence previously that I am a MAF Animal Welfare Manager and I know as much if not considerably more than she does - or her colleague Lesley Gibson or whatever her name is.
Val Ball lied about the horse Flynn when she said "Peter has said that the horse" "has great discomfort and it sounds like it is getting worse." and "it was unable to sit down and appeared to be limping or holding its leg up as if to relieve the discomfort." She repeatedly insisted it needed euthanasing immediately and made other such untrue allegations about what the vet said in the messages she left on my phone. It certainly appears she's involved in lying to the police about this horse and others and I would appreciate you providing me with ALL INFORMATION YOUR ORGANISATION HOLDS ABOUT ME IMMEDIATELY - ALL NOTES REGARDING PHONE MESSAGES, ALL INFORMATION - EVERYTHING ON YOUR FILES PLEASE.
She said she'd assist with costs and you should do so immediately and cease trying to make excuses for this appalling behaviour and trying to make excuses to avoid the commitment to assist with costs - why should the vets bear all the cost of it - and me email also referred to SPCA assisting us with requests for assistance from the local Council, etc - why are you ignoring the substance of my emails and just trying to fob me off with these pathetic excuses?
We've had bills for impounding our horse from the Council after a deluded criminal released one of them onto the main road repeatedly - this individual, Lenny Spowart, rang the Council animal control officer,Robert Miller, and told him that his name was Mr White (a deluded lie) and the horse wasn't allowed in the paddock (of course it was).- Miller refused to tell police about the phone call and provide them with information regarding the date and time of the call so they can get on with establishing it came from Spowart's phone and get on with charging him for putting the horse on the road.
- Regarding your final comment about SPCA visiting my horse in the future - you are warned that what you are doing is illegal - it is HARASSMENT - it is ABUSE OF STATUTORY POWERS and it it unnecessary, I have had these horses for over twenty years, and other horses, there has never been any animal welfare issues and there are literally hundreds of witnesses - credible, well qualified and experienced witness to attest to that. Furthermore, I am a MAF Animal Welfare Manager, and was previously employed in that capacity at MAF's Silverstream Isolation Unit and at the National Centre for Disease Investigation - who sold three horses to the meat works in Masterton, which were infected with an unwanted organism which has the potential to cause international trade disruption" according to MAF (against my advice of course). Further "visits" will be viewed as criminal harassment and will not be tolerated - if you or Val Ball or any other SPCA "officer" has concerns about animals you need to PHOTOGRAPH or preferably make a VIDEO RECORDING of it and you know perfectly well that wasn't done because Val Ball was LYING about the horse "not being able to sit down" and "limping" etc - not to mention what she alleged the vet had said - as was the case regarding Mrs H's horse in Dalefield Rd! A large number of qualified and experienced race horse trainers, vets, huntsmen, etc, all know and will bear witness to the fact that there have NEVER been any animal welfare issues regarding my animals and that Val Ball and her cohorts have a history of making false allegations and failing to produce any EVIDENCE of their lies - where are the photos of *Mrs X's horse??? (*Name withheld to protect privacy)
Your response is arrogant in the extreme and will be posted on the internet for all to see where their donations are going. We would be glad if you would "assist with costs" asap because the FOCKCers support the community work that the South Wairarapa Vet's do to educate and enrich the lives of the local children and animals, and your assistance will enable them to do other operations like this in future, that will benefit the whole community. I have lost grazing to several paddocks thanks to Val Ball's lies and would appreciate it if you and her and the lot of you KEEP WELL AWAY from my horses - they do NOT require your ill informed and outright dishonest and malicious harassment.