Guilty verdict over dog massacre
One of two men today found guilty over the shooting of 33 dogs has been described as a "gun-happy cowboy".
Tony Campbell and Russell Mendoza were found guilty of four counts of wilful ill-treatment and one of reckless use of a firearm in the Auckland District Court following a three week trial.
They were charged over the killing of 23 puppies and 10 adult dogs at a rural Wellsford property in January 2010.
Judge Mary Beth Sharp said it was not relevant for Campbell to describe himself as safe and careful when out hunting, as those actions were "certainly" not displayed on the day the dogs were shot. more>>