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SPCA Rescue - Christchurch Earthquake Special

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2011

When Christchurch was hit by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on 22 February 2011, hundreds of animals went missing or became trapped in homes after their owners were forced to leave. This special episode of SPCA Rescue sees a specialist team travel from Wellington to rescue trapped pets in the cordoned off Christchurch red zone. Cats are sought in upended apartments, and a variety of animals require rescue from the severely damaged vet school. Adding to the drama, search And rescue dog Sasha mysteriously falls ill, several other canines turn up lost, and a turtle sanctuary faces crisis as water becomes a rare commodity.

We've done everything we can for them, so we'll just get them on their way. No experience in transporting turtles though.
– Mainfreight's Nathan Thomas, on helping send 45 rescued turtles to Napier

Key Cast & Crew

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Jay Stewart


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Matthew Barrett

Director, Camera Operator

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Nick Spencer


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Shane Cortese


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Megan Jones

Director, Producer

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James Brookes

Online Editor

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