18 Dec 2013

Animal cruelty convictions upheld

8:36 pm on 18 December 2013

A Dannevirke couple have lost their final legal bid to overturn convictions for animal cruelty.

David and Daryl Balfour, who had formerly worked as animal breeders, were charged by the SPCA after more than 200 cats and dogs were found living in substandard conditions at their property.

They were convicted and fined $12,500 each, ordered to pay $27,818 in costs to the SPCA, and banned from owning anmals other than their own pets for 20 years.

The Court of Appeal upheld the Balfours' convictions, but overturned the costs ordered against them.

The couple then sought leave to appeal against their convictions in the Supreme Court, but that court on Wednesday declined to hear the case, saying it does not believe there is a risk that the Balfours have been the victims of a substantial miscarriage of justice.