Two men who allegedly shot 33 dogs on a rural property north of Auckland will stand trial today.
Russell Mendoza and Tony Campbell face animal cruelty and firearms charges at the Auckland District Court.
The charges were laid after the shooting of 33 dogs owned by Rowan Hargreaves on his property near Wellsford in January, 2010.
Mendoza and Campbell face four charges of wilful ill-treatment of an animal and alternative charges of ill-treatment of an animal laid by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) under the Animal Welfare Act.
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The charges carry a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment. The men also face charges laid by police of reckless use of a firearm.
The trial, before a judge alone, is set to start this morning.