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Local Connection: Puppy Mill

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By: Rick Blangiardi

We all witnessed some very disturbing images when Hawaii News Now nearly three years ago broadcast horrendous conditions at a Waimanalo puppy mill managed by David Becker.

These were dogs who had minimal or no medical attention and were forced to live in their own filth and waste.

Becker is scheduled to be sentenced this week on 153 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and he has maintained his innocence, blaming others for the conditions at the puppy mill. He said he was doing what he could with the limited funding the farm owners gave him.

It's a convenient excuse and earlier this month, Becker pleaded no contest. Judge Glenn Kim found him guilty on all counts and the expense of a trial is avoided.

But what should not be avoided is Becker's responsibility to the innocent creatures he was responsible for protecting. He has already spent six months in jail and he may get credit for time served and avoid any more incarceration.

That would be a mistake. Judge Kim should send a message that this was inhumane behavior and should not be tolerated. Whatever punishment is handed down, it should involve, in our opinion, another trip to jail.

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