An airport police officer has been charged with animal cruelty after a woman says she was forced to feed cattle at a dairy store on a flight.
Key points:The woman was travelling to Auckland for a visit to her grandparents, but was refused food from a store in ChristchurchThe woman told officers she felt unsafe being fed at the store and went to call policePolice have not been able to speak to the woman yetThe woman said she had flown from Christchurch to Auckland on October 30 and had just landed when she was denied food.
The woman, who was travelling from Christi and her grandparents to Christchurch, said she felt uncomfortable being fed in a dairy shop, so she went to the Christchurch Airport Police station.
“They were very accommodating.
They said I was not the problem.
That was it.
I was told I wasn’t the problem, so I asked them if they would be able to feed me at the gate,” she said.”
I was not in any way threatened or anything like that.
I said I didn’t want to be fed.
They were very understanding.”
The woman then contacted police and the investigation was launched.
She said she was given the choice of having food delivered or going to the police station.
Officers said they were not able to confirm if the woman was charged or if charges would be laid.
“It’s important to remember the police are an integral part of the community and we want to make sure they are doing everything possible to help those in need,” police said.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and that the investigation could take up to six weeks.
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