Puppy Mill Operators Banned from Owning Pets for 20 Years

A former international dog show judge and his wife have been banned for owning pets for 20 years after being found guilty of large-scale animal cruelty at their commercial breeding facility.

A former international dog show judge and his wife have been banned for owning pets for 20 years after being found guilty of large-scale animal cruelty at their commercial breeding facility.

David Neil Balfour and his wife Daryl Kirsty Reid Balfour were sentenced by Judge Grant Fraser on Friday for animal cruelty documented at their ‘puppy farm’ in Dannevirke, New Zealand.

The couple will pay $25,000 in fines to the SPCA, and were specifically banned from owning any pets for 20 years – effectively a life sentence given their ages.

Advocates say this is a major win in the fight against mass breeding abuses, and SPCA National CEO Robyn Kippenberger said that the ruling will send a strong message to other large-scale breeders in New Zealand. “This long term disqualification of the Balfours will prevent them from breeding and inflicting further cruelty on other animals,” Ms Kippenberger said. “We are pleased with the length of the disqualification which, given the age of the defendants, is effectively a lifetime ban.”

During the 2011 hearing, SPCA animal welfare inspectors said they found 161 cats and kittens and 87 dogs and pups in atrocious conditions on the Balfours’ Dannevirke property. More than half of the animals could not be saved and were euthanized to end their suffering.

PCA senior inspector James Boyd said, “Certainly it’s the worst case the SPCA has ever encountered involving companion animals in this country.”

103 thoughts on “Puppy Mill Operators Banned from Owning Pets for 20 Years

  1. They should be confined to little cages and made to sit in their own crap for 20 years! And not be allowed near animals for the rest of their lives! How about that?!?

  2. I agree with the make them live in tiny cages but I’d add to it by making her be constantly pregnant….

  3. Hope it’s monitored. Like at the amount of drunk drivers getting stopped over & over driving no license !

  4. Shoot them both-no punishment would be good enuf for these animals-they don’t deserve to live in my opinion.

  5. Actually @Tiffany, if every person rescued or adopted a shelter dog/cat there wouldn’t be enough pets to go around. So I guess you’re saying some people should just go without a pet? Or maybe you are just blindly making assumptions without actually knowing any real facts, and are just parroting what the AR activists have trained you to say…?

    1. Many rescues are purebreds from mills not responsible involved professional breeders whom take their dogs bat at any time for issues.

  6. And a former dog show judge! Wow . . . should have made it more ‘just in case’ they come from folks with a long life-line!

  7. I don’t support pet stores or puppy mills either, but I prefer to know the real facts instead of buying in to some imaginary “pet overpopulation” problem the AR people have invented to brainwash the American public.

  8. but u know ther gonna try and still do it,just hope they keep close tabs on them,ther should be a list that they have to have inspections at ther home and sur.at least once a week for the rest of ther sorry lives,and had to pay for medical care of all the animals rescued and on top of that they have to pay for food care and all the thing that animal didint get while living and being abused in ther homes.all that money they spent off ther torture will never be repayed to lease dogs ,please god help us protect ur animals.

  9. No pet store should be selling puppy mill pets, only rescue pets. People should have their animals fixed. There are responsible breeders who are not puppymls to purchase a dog from if they choose, but shelters and rescues have wonderful pets to adopt. @Tiffany Taylor. I’m not sure what your point is at Tiffany Vowles. You must have a puppymill yourself that you feel defensive about? Otherwise your statement makes no sense.

  10. Only same-as-they-did will suffice. They need to be forced to live in tiny cages & live in their own poo, forced to reproduce & give the children to childless couples that want to adopt. It’s evil to treat animals like that. No fine is good enough.

  11. This is one of the reasons I tell people never to buy pets from a pet store. Too many of them get their animals from places just like this. Adopt don’t buy. That would put and end to this kind of practice.

  12. That’s it? That’s like a slap on the wrist. Animal abuse should be treated the same as abuse to other people!! It’s disgusting to think that we wouldn’t let a serial sex offender near our kids but we will let a serial animal abuser have pets again!

  13. @tiffany Taylor I agree your comment makes no sense at all. Unless of course ur trying to sit on the puppy mill pro side of the fence without saying it.

  14. @Tiffany Taylor, why don’t you go down and ask your local shelter how many pets are euthanized every year? The number is in the MILLIONS. Not enough pets to go around? Pull your head out and get a clue.

  15. That’s great but they don’t keep tabs on these people.. there’s not an ankle bracelet or something that tells them when they get another animal.. they will have it going again I’m no time.. so f*** sad . Poor animals

  16. It’s sad also from those animals side that are being sold from puppy mills they need home too and the people that work these mills know there are people out there that have big hearts and that will take these animals in . I am against mills 100% but as long as there are mills out there these animals need homes too and need to be rescued.. we can’t stop drug dealers from selling crack to kids or pedifiles from.snatching kids from a park.. how the hell do we stop animals from being harmed.. it seems like a endless battle. As long as we have people out there do something AND just not making stupid comments about something they obviously know nothing about things will never ever change

  17. Please say a prayer for our 14 1/2 year old pub dog, Chloe. The best and sweetest dog ever. Diagnosed with a malignancy last Saturday and she has gone downhill rapidly. She was never seriously ill at any other time in her life. And today she will finally be comfortable again. We love you, Chloe.
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  18. Good – EVERY puppy mill operator should face the same sentence – LIFE with no pets, none at all, not even a goldfish!

  19. good job now some puppies are going to be safe still more to go! And for all the breeders of pupy mills may you burn in hell, bastards you are the shame of humanity, no mercy for you:-( !!!!!!!! They should be treat it the same inhumane way tney gzve sooooooo many puppies and the pet store owners who bought puppies from this bastards should get a fine and punishment!!!!!!!!

  20. READ! This isn’t fake. Apparently, if you you copy and paste this to ten comments in the next ten minuets you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you brake this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minuets someone will say I love you or I’m sorry

  21. Good that they’ve been banned, but how does that get enforced? If it took that long for someone to notice and so something about the puppy mill, how will just a few dogs or cats be noticed in time?

  22. I hope the U.S.A. does take note and follow suit. I am so surprised that here the people who abuse animals often get off with a slap on the wrist. Aren’t we suppose to be one of the greatest civilized countries in the world. Good for New Zealand.

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