It’s been months since hundreds of animals were rescued from a Makaha no-kill shelter. Now, owner David “Lanny” Moore of Friends for Life has been slapped with hundreds of counts of animal cruelty.
Moore was first arrested back in October 2016 after the Hawaiian Humane Society secured a warrant and seized 310 dogs and several rabbits from his property that were found to be living in “inhumane conditions.” Moore was later released pending investigation.
Now, the HHS says it’s gathered enough evidence to cite him as well as his mother June Moore.
The HHS is deputized by the Honolulu Police Department, so it has the authority to cite anyone for animal cruelty misdemeanors. The humane society tells us that it has gathered enough evidence against the shelter and wants to take them to trial.
The goal is to move the animals rescued from the shelter into permanent homes as fast as possible. Of the 310 dogs seized, over 200 of them are currently with foster families.
This is the largest investigation the Hawaiian Humane Society has done to date. We’re told investigators found many of the animals covered in feces and urine, with no food or water, and rodents running around the property and feeding on dog food.
We spoke with the Moore family attorney who says he will fight the citation and insists the mother and son did not abuse the animals. “We’re definitely asking for a trial,” Paul Cunney said. “We’re not caving in at all.
“To me, it’s not right, for all the good work they do in the community, that they be treated like this,” he said. “I think it’s going to be an uphill battle for the humane society to prosecute these alleged violations.”
Allison Gammel of the Hawaiian Humane Society says “our top priority is the health of these animals. We just want to make sure we want to put these animals in permanent homes as quickly as possible.”
The Moores are each facing 310 counts of animal cruelty in the second degree. Each misdemeanor faces penalties of up to $2,000 in fines and up to one year in jail.