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Company pleads no contest to 153 counts of animal cruelty

By Dan Nakaso

LAST UPDATED: 03:49 p.m. HST, Dec 12, 2011

The company that operated Hawaii's largest alleged puppy mill pleaded no contest this morning to all 153 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty in Kaneohe District Court, averting a criminal trial.

Each count representing each of 153 dogs seized by the Hawaiian Humane Society and Honolulu police in Waimanalo on Feb. 28 carries maximum penalties of $2,000 and one year in jail.

Judge Paula Devens scheduled sentencing for Feb. 15.

But attorney Jason Burks who represents Bradley International, Inc. said after today's hearing that the corporation has been dissolved and there are no assets.

Pamela Burns, president and CEO of the Hawaiian Humane Society, said the society already has spent more than $400,000 in staff and other costs to care for all of the dogs, which have since been placed in new homes. 

After the dogs were seized, three dogs died and 79 puppies were subsequently born.

Humane Society officials were prepared to show graphic images of dogs that were kept in cages filled with feces and urine. 

The charges against Bradley International alleged 153 counts of second-degree animal cruelty by depriving the dogs of necessary sustenance or sufficient care to preserve their health and well-being. The Humane Society successfully won a civil suit seeking permanent custody of the 153 dogs and their puppies.

The case broke on Feb. 28 when a Honolulu police officer responded to a barking-dog complaint from the dog-breeding operation — as well as another allegation that a woman with five dogs was trespassing.


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kukaikid wrote:
no contest and no assets? these guys stink; hope there's jail time
on December 12,2011 | 11:54AM
rar855 wrote:
Since there are no financial assets, I think these guys should forfeit other assets. Send them to the vets and get them neutered!
on December 12,2011 | 03:46PM
likewise wrote:
So now they are not "The Pet Spot." They just changed their name to Aloha Pet "something." Do your homework. Don't even buy poop bags from these people. This is the game. They expect you to have short memories and even shorter consciensces. These people think you, the public, are stupid. Prove them wrong. Keep track and boycott any new business they change their name to. They are the same people who treated a horrific number of animals to a life of cruelty and abuse. Remember their names. Please.
on December 12,2011 | 05:47PM
entrkn wrote:
I see that the owners of this criminal enterprise are attempting to hide from justice behind a corporate shield. I submit that the authors of the Constitution did not intend for corporate officers and principal owners to be shielded by corporate law for criminal acts.
on December 12,2011 | 06:00PM
Papakolea wrote:
The law needs to be changed to where individuals cannot be shielded by the corporate veil. These dogs were not relying an a corporation for their day-to-day care. It was an individual who was supposed to be providing for their needs. It shouldn't be hard to hunt down former manager of this puppy mill in this day and age.
on December 12,2011 | 06:50PM
omd111 wrote:
BOYCOTT the PET SPOT in Pearl Highlands and ALOHA PET SHOP in Aiea. Pass the word on to all your friends. BOYCOTT the stores of these low lives.
on December 12,2011 | 07:17PM
omd111 wrote:
ALOHA PET SHOP is located in Pearl Kai Shopping Center. BOYCOTT!
on December 12,2011 | 07:30PM
omd111 wrote:
According to KITV the The Pet Spot in Pearl Highlands was closed and now they opened ALOHA PET SPOT in the Pearl Kai Shopping Center in Aiea. BOYCOTT! Pass the word on to your friends.
on December 12,2011 | 07:33PM
kalanik001 wrote:
Vernon luke = vp Bradley International puppy mill ringleader Sheryl Luke-Kalani = registered owner of waimanalo property that housed puppy mill (vernon's daughter) Also proprietor of Aloha Pet Shop at Pearl Kai Shopping Center, former proprietor of the Pet Spot at Pearl Highlands. Which auspiciously closed due to this puppy mill fiasco. BOYCOTT THESE IDIOTS, DONT SUPPORT THEIR BUSINESS.NO ASSETS....HOW ABOUT THE STATE SIEZE THE PROPERTY IN WAIMANALO?
on December 12,2011 | 07:42PM
omd111 wrote:
What an insult that they would open another pet store. After all the bad publicity and the bad reputation they created for themselves, why would they open another pet store? They need to find another line of work like working on a prison detail.
on December 12,2011 | 08:21PM
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