Four months after more than 30 dogs were rescued from a home in Kahaluu, most were adopted at an event put on by the Hawaiian Humane Society at Ala Moana Center Saturday.
Breeder James Montgomery was indicted on animal cruelty charges after investigators took the pups from his home in May. This was the second time Montgomery has been investigated for animal cruelty.
But on Saturday, approximately 300 people had a chance to meet the now-healthy dogs and the opportunity to adopt them after lots of puppy cuddles and playtime.
By the end of the day, 29 out of the 30 dogs were adopted. Of those, 17 were dogs rescued from the Kahaluu house.
It got emotional for some of the new owners who had learned about the conditions the animals were living in. The dogs were surrendered to the Hawaiian Humane Society in early August. Many of them were adopted by their foster parents, including one dog that was found in a rubbish bin.
“Since the rescue, they have been fostered by a great group of foster volunteers,” said spokesman Harold Han. “They have come a long way — they are healthy, active, more social.”
The Hawaiian Humane Society relies on community members to report animal cruelty. Anyone interested in buying from a breeder should insist on seeing where the animals are kept and what type of conditions the dogs are living in.
Other animals are also available for adoption. Stop by the Hawaiian Humane Society at 2700 Waialae Avenue or visit its website for more information.