MAKAHA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaiian Humane Society rescued hundreds of dogs from a Leeward Oahu property on Wednesday.
More than 270 dogs of various mixed breeds and ages were discovered at the site in Makaha near Keaau Beach Park on Farrington Highway.
The dogs were living in deplorable, broken down conditions, said Suzy Tam, spokesperson for the Hawaiian Humane Society. Many of the dogs were OK, but others appeared worse and will need to go through physical checks.
"Feces, urine, not enough food or water, the dogs are malnourished, emaciated, skin conditions," said Allison Gammel, Hawaiian Humane Society Community Relations Director.
Residents near the Makaha site, which is labeled as an animal shelter by the name of Friends for Life Hawaii, said they have noticed and reported suspicious activity to authorities for about three years.
Police said they executed a search warrant on the residence Wednesday morning and arrested a 60-year-old man on one count of second-degree animal cruelty. Family of the suspect identified him as David "Lanny" Moore, who runs Friends for Life Hawaii.
What followed was a major rescue operation, requiring many volunteers to transport the animals from the property to the Humane Society in Honolulu, said Tam.
In a statement on Thursday, the Hawaiian Humane Society described the environment in detail.
Moore's daughter says her father's arrest is disappointing and shocking.
"He has such a big heart. He wouldn't hurt any animal. That's why we have so many because he couldn't turn any away. We have people show up with these dogs getting hit by cars, or who find boxes of puppies on the beach left there to die. How can we turn those away?" Tianna Moore said.
Tianna along with several others say Moore does a great job in taking care all of the dogs.
"I remember he took care of my dog when I got banged right here in Makaha at Keaau Beach Park. My dog was here until I came out of the hospital," Waianae resident Rosemarie Pinero said.
Moore was released pending investigation at around 9:10 p.m.
The Hawaiian Humane Society is looking for additional volunteers to take in some of the dogs. They're also seeking donations such as crates, towels and other pet items.
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