153 dogs are rescued from a breeding operation operated by Bradley International whose officers include a father and son – Vernon and Shannon Luke – and David Becker, who fled the state before he could be served. The property is owned by daughter Sheryl Luke-Kalani who also owned Aloha Pet Shop in Aiea. Cost for medical services beyond the Humane Society’s clinic capabilities escalate to nearly $100,000. Meticulous case documentation encompassed more than 4,000 photos and video files of the crime scene. The case took nearly two years to resolve in court with all animals in protective custodial foster care.
- For restitution in the amount of $370,000 to the Humane Society
- $306,000 (max amount of $2,000 per count) in fines payable to the State of Hawaii
- $8,500 to the State of Hawaii’s Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund
The corporation folded upon the onset of the case and escaped any of these penalties.
The Hawaiian Humane Society implored the courts that the officers be prevented from ownership, profit and possession of animals. This was not granted. Read Humane Society CEO Pam Burns’ testimony. Hawaii News Now and KHON covered the sentencing.
Fortunately the court awarded all of the animals to the Society under the existing forfeiture law and the animals were adopted. This represents the first victory involving a case in which the forfeiture law was successful. The judge cited extensive photographic and video evidence amongst other records and expert and eye-witness testimony. In addition, the court ruled that the unborn puppies at the time of rescue were also subject to the forfeiture ruling and awarded them to the Humane Society as well. Special thanks to our veterinary partners who donated their services to assist. Together, these clinics performed nearly 100 sterilizations.
In January 2012, Hawaii News Now reported on a newly opened Big Island operation was connected to the officers Waimanalo puppy mill.
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- Puppy Mill Family Owns Aiea Pet Shop
- Hawaiian Humane Society Confronts Mass Breeder in Waimanalo
- Humane Society Awarded Custody of Animals
- Hawaii News Now’s Rick Blangiardi Speaks Out for the Animals