MAKAHA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaiian Humane Society released new images of the malnourished dogs, some with horrible skin conditions, seized from a no-kill animal shelter in Makaha.
David "Lanny" Moore was arrested for animal cruelty. He was later released pending investigation.
Moore runs Friends For Life along Farrington Highway. He declined an interview but said he will be getting a lawyer because he feels he was wrongfully arrested.
HHS confiscated more than 270 dogs from the Leeward site on Wednesday. The organization said "filthy dogs with festering skin conditions, rancid food, combined with animal waste created an overwhelming stench on the property."
Supporters of the Moore say the pictures don't tell the whole story.
"I couldn't see how anybody could press criminal charges against him," said Ninia Elsey, who owns the property next to Friends For Life.
Elsey said she believes Moore was doing the best he could.
"I never smelt anything unusual. That's why I asked him, what does he do with all their droppings because you would think he would smell really bad but it doesn't," said Elsey.
The Humane Society said some of the dogs were in critical condition suffering from debilitating skin disorders, open wounds, and pressure sores. They say others were malnourished and starving.
Susanna Caldwell lives on the other side of Friends For Life. She got her dog, Makana, from there and says Moore is trying his best.
"I've seen some of the dogs that were just dropped off. One dog had horrible mange that he had to try to take care of. They haven't had money for vets. I suspect that there are vets who have volunteered on and off through the years, but it's pretty much him doing it," Caldwell said.
The Humane Society said they also discovered feces and urine in water bowls and food dishes, with rats and mice feeding off of open bags of rotting food throughout the location.
The Hawaiian Humane Society is asking for volunteers, crates, puppy pads and towels. Likewise, Friends For Life is asking for donations so they can retain a lawyer.