A woman who is appealing her conviction over a horse's death has her sentence suspended pending the outcome.

Anne Power was sentenced in June after a 32-year-old horse named Pip was found dead in a paddock used for grazing north of Auckland in 2013.

Judge Nevin Dawson said the way in which Pip died was "sickening" and convicted Power her of reckless ill-treatment of an animal causing death.

The house of Anne Power. Photo / Doug Sherring
The house of Anne Power. Photo / Doug Sherring

Power was banned from owning or exercising authority over animals for 10 years and ordered to pay the SPCA $4710.05 for its expenses. She was also ordered to surrender any animals she owned.


However, Power appealed both conviction and sentence to the High Court.

The sentence was suspended pending the appeal, although the SPCA had already taken possession of and sold 50 cattle belonging to Power.

When sentenced, Power was banned from owning any animals for a period of eight years except for four horses, 11 cattle, 18 sheep, four llamas, four dogs, 40 birds and four cats.

She appealed this sentence to the High Court.

But Justice Whata dismissed her appeal. She is again appealing the conviction and sentence.

In a judgment released today, Justice Stevens granted Power's sentence to be suspended until a decision of her second appeal was released.

He said while the Auckland SPCA didn't have adequate resources to continue housing Power's dogs, it didn't "oppose the application on this basis".

Power has five previous convictions relating to animal welfare and control of animals.


In 2003, the SPCA seized dozens of animals from Power's rural property after concerns about animal welfare.

Power, who at one point reportedly called herself Dame Anne, was convicted in 1998 for not giving dozens of cows and horses proper and sufficient food.

She was then banned from owning dogs for five years after being convicted of owning two dogs that attacked a person.