Volkerson Kennels owner Barbara Glover has been found guilty of 32 animal welfare law violations. Photo / Provided
A woman who was previously considered one of New Zealand’s top dog breeders – before a full-scale SPCA raid on her Pōkeno “puppy farm” that put her on the “list of the shame” of the organization – was found guilty of animal welfare charges alongside the girl.
Volkerson Kennels owner Barbara Glover and her daughter, Janine Wallace, were each found guilty of 32 animal welfare law violations – 26 counts each of failing to provide physical, sanitary and behavior of an animal and six counts of failing to alleviate the pain or distress of a sick animal.
Manukau District Court Judge Karen Grau delivered her judgment today, following a three-week judge-alone trial that took place in January.
The couple are expected to be sentenced in June.
Glover has in the past been recognized as the top German Shepherd breeder in the country, importing pedigree bloodlines and selling puppies online for thousands of dollars.
But she became the subject of one of the SPCA’s biggest lawsuits after a 2018 raid on her property south of Auckland. More than 30 animals were taken into the care of the SPCA following the raid, with the animal welfare agency describing squalid conditions that included some animals said to be living among old food scraps and urine-soaked newspapers.
At least one of the animals had to be put down, the SPCA said at the time.
“The mats were thick with feces, dry mud, and when he took his first bath, the water running down his coat was dark brown,” the SPCA said at the time of the raid.
In a 2019 “list of shame” brochure published by the SPCA, the organization outlined the scope of the investigation.
“SPCA inspectors spent months and over $300,000 investigating this
pending case, and a court ruling allowed the SPCA to adopt the German
Shepherds,” the organization said. “After being rescued, these dogs now live happily with new families.”