Rescued dogs have first day of food and rest at Hawaiian Humane Society

The dogs who were rescued from the Kahaluu house Saturday night and impounded at the Hawaiian Humane Society are having their first day of good food and rest.

The staff worked through the night to carefully exam each dog to look for underlying medical problems.

“We want to make sure we’re taking care of the animals the best we can,” said spokesman Andrew Mathias, “so we’re doing full assessments, making sure they get good food and water and proper housing so they can start to adjust into their new life.”

Mathias himself carried many of the dogs to safety and said the pups now need rest. Some will need grooming and others may go into foster care. The humane society has already received calls and emails expressing outrage and concern for the dogs’ welfare.

Each of the dogs taken from the home of James Montgomery will be individually assessed to determine adoption readiness.

Eventually, animals rescued from any abusive situation will be released for adoption. On Sunday, dog lovers at the Pacific Pet Alliance training day in Waimanalo say don’t adopt out of sympathy, but know what you’re getting into.

Many of the dog owners spoken to know all too well what it takes to care for a rescued or abused animal. “They’ve been through a lot,” said Betty Maxilon, “so patience and understanding is needed to help them overcome what they’ve been through.”

Despite legislation to create stricter laws and harsher penalties, how did it come to another investigation in the same location with the same man arrested about 10 years later?

Animal advocate and Pacific Pet Alliance president Lynn Muramaru said there’s a limit to what law enforcement and rescue groups can do to prevent the increasing number of puppy mills.

“The public has to do due diligence,” she said, “do their homework, not buy dogs in parking lots and parks. If they’re interested in a purebred animal, the American Kennel Club is a resource to direct you to dog breeders.”

Muramaru said Craiglist and other online sellers are attractive sites for illegal breeders because buyers are not able to see the animals or research the facilities beforehand.

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