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Puppy mill manager pleads no contest to 153 counts of animal cruelty

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 4:44 p.m. HST, Dec 4, 2012

The former manager of a Waimanalo puppy mill pleaded no contest in state court this morning to 153 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty — one count for each dog the Hawaiian Humane Society rescued from squalid living conditions two years ago.

David Lee Becker faces a maximum one-year jail term and $2,000 fine for each of the 153 counts when he is sentenced later this month.

The Hawaiian Humane Society will ask for $370,701 in restitution for rescuing the animals and caring for them before the organization was able to adopt out the dogs.

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