POSTED: 7:46 p.m. HST, Jun 6, 2012
A man charged with 153 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty for his role in a Waimanalo puppy mill is being extradited to Honolulu to face charges, the city prosecutor's office said today.
David Lee Becker, manager of the puppy mill where deplorable conditions were discovered in February 2011, was detained Friday in Las Vegas and is expected to appear in court Monday.
"We're really pleased ... that finally justice can be served," said Pamela Burns, president and CEO of the Hawaiian Humane Society.
A spokesman for the city prosecutor's office said Becker left Hawaii before he could be served with the criminal complaint and the penal summons.
Since Becker was not charged with a felony, the court could not issue a bench warrant for his arrest. The prosecutor's office asked for a governor's requisition warrant to have him extradited after learning his whereabouts from the Humane Society.