A 22-year-old woman will have to pay $200 to a homeless man for whacking his dog over the head with a stick.
The dairy downturn has been partly blamed for the pressure that led to a North Otago stockman who has admitted breaking the tails of 48 dairy cows.
A puppy’s leg had to be amputated after violent ill-treatment by 26-year-old Christopher John Cross, of Woolston.
A man held a hot oil-column heater against a woman for 30 seconds during a domestic dispute, the Christchurch District Court was told.
An 18-year-old has been jailed and given a life-time ban from owning animals after being sentenced on two charges of ill-treating animals.