Defendant's daughter pleads the fifth in puppy hearing

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The custodial hearing for the dogs seized from a Waimanalo breeding facility wrapped up today with one key question left unanswered.  Vernon Luke with Bradley International represented the defendants. His daughter Sheryl Luke Kalani took the stand today.  She's the registered owner of the puppy farm and the Pet Spot in Pearl City.  When asked if she bought puppies from Bradley International she pleaded the fifth, which allowed her not to answer.

Now the Hawaiian Humane Society waits to find out if it gets to keep the dogs it seized back in February.

"We're really hopeful this will be a positive result for the animals and we hope they will not have to be returned back to the property and subjected to life living in cages," said Keoni Vaughn, Hawaiian Humane Society.

Circuit Court Judge Glenn Kim is expected to announce his verdict Monday afternoon.

He is also expected to talk about the future of the criminal animal abuse case on Monday.

Copyright 2011 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.