A husband-and-wife cat-and-dog breeding team have been sentenced in what has been described as New Zealand's worst pet cruelty case.
David and Daryl Balfour, of Woodville, were yesterday ordered by Judge Grant Fraser to pay fines of $12,500 each to the SPCA, following a lengthy trial at Palmerston North District Court.
They were also disqualified from owning any cats, dogs, puppies or kittens for the next 20 years, except for any animals they already owned.
The Balfours had earlier been found guilty of three animal cruelty charges dating from August 2006 to March 7, 2007. They were found guilty of one charge each of failing to prevent suffering for dogs and cats, and one of ill- treating cats, but were found not guilty of ill-treating dogs.
SPCA inspectors raided their Heretaunga Rd property, between Dannevirke and Woodville, in March 2007 and found 161 cats and 87 dogs living in poor conditions.
During the trial, SPCA inspectors spoke of finding animals in dingy accommodation and of being confronted with an overwhelming smell of urine.
The Balfours said the SPCA "staged" evidence photos, a claim the judge rejected. Fairfax NZ
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