Puppies Need Protection in Hawaii

Recent events regarding puppy mill issues in Honolulu require action by residents of the state. In June 2010, a “no contest” plea by Bradley International, owners of the Waimanalo, Hawaii, puppy mill, has made way for sentencing set for February 15. Each count carries punishment of up to $2,000 and a year in jail. Hawaii residents, contact the prosecuting attorney to thank him for his work and suggest he ask for the stiffest sentence allowed. Also, contact the judge and recommend he sentence the defendant to the stiffest sentence allowed. According to a news report, “The Hawaiian Humane Society said…the cost to care for the confiscated animals had already exceeded $240,000.”

Another action Hawaiian residents can take to protect puppies in puppy mills is to contact your state legislators and urge them to support HB 1621. Large scale breeding operations, often known as puppy mills, focus on the bottom line and not on the health and welfare of the animals they are breeding. Therefore, many of the following conditions prevail in these commercial operations:

  • The animals may live in wire cages where their paws become attached to the wire.
  • They often have little protection from all types of weather.
  • These cages are often stacked one on top of another, allowing urine and feces from the upper cages to drop down onto the animals in the lower cages.
  • The longer the animals live in these cages, the more likely they will develop psychological behaviors known as stereotypies, such as obsessive licking and chewing to the point of tearing their skin.
  • Many animals live their entire lives in these cages, never seeing the sun or touching the ground. Needless to say, they get no exercise.
  • The animals are bred over and over again until they are no longer capable of reproducing and then they are often euthanized—sometimes with a bullet through the head—or sent off to research laboratories.

Legislation such as HB 1621 is needed to protect these animals from such harm.

Contact about the Bradley International animal cruelty case:

Keith Kaneshiro, Prosecuting Attorney
City & County of Honolulu
1060 Richards Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tele. No.: 808-768-7400

The Honorable Glenn Kim
Circuit Court
Ka`ahumanu Hale
777 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Contact about HB 1621, Dog Breeder Regulation Act:

The Honorable Brickwood Galuteria
Majority Leader
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 221
415 South Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tele. No.: 808-586-6740

The Honorable Sam Slom,
Minority Leader
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 214
415 South Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tele. No.: 808-586-8420

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