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Man with malnourished dogs charged with animal cruelty

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:22 p.m. HST, Dec 12, 2013

Kauai police arrested a 35-year-old Kapaa man after discovering malnourished dogs, including one that was dead, at his home Tuesday.

Russell Soares was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree animal cruelty, a misdemeanor offense. He is scheduled to appear in court in January.

The Kauai Humane Society responded Tuesday to a complaint of animal mistreatment at Soares' home on Waipouli Road.

Humane officers discovered five dogs and three puppies in cages on the property. One dog was dead and at least one appeared emaciated.

Soares claimed he owned the dogs, police said.

Police arrested and transported him to the police cellblock where he was booked.

The dogs were taken to the Kauai Humane Society for treatment.

A necropsy on the dead animal showed it died of starvation, police said.

Kauai Humane Society Executive Director Penny Cistaro said the investigation into the treatment and condition of the animals is continuing to determine if more charges are warranted, according to a news release from police.

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islandsun wrote:
Put him in the slammer and don't feed him.
on December 12,2013 | 03:45PM
scooters wrote:
on December 12,2013 | 05:08PM
kiragirl wrote:
Hawaii needs to have harsher penalties instead of this misdemeanor charge. The HHS should be lobbying the legislature to do so. Sad and such a horrible death for the dog. Disgusting.
on December 12,2013 | 04:07PM
BonDancr wrote:
Feed him soda crackers and water.
on December 12,2013 | 04:50PM
cojef wrote:
That's more humane than 'islandsun' above.
on December 12,2013 | 05:26PM
patk wrote:
Let this guy starve to death in his cell.
on December 12,2013 | 06:38PM
Anonymous wrote:
The thing I find hard to fathom is how can any human being treat another living thing like this. How can you watch your pet dog die of starvation? He needs psychiatric help.
on December 12,2013 | 06:58PM
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