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Makaha 'no-kill' shelter surrenders 331 animals to humane society

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MAKAHA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Six months after their Makaha "no-kill" animal shelter was raided over conditions that some animal rights activists called "deplorable," the owners of Friends for Life surrendered 331 animals to the Hawaiian Humane Society on Friday.

"I'm feeling relieved and happy that we found a solution that works for not only us, the Humane Society. And I would like to thank everybody, our supporters, the Humane Society for working with our attorneys and finding homes for our animals," Friends for Life owner June Moore said.

Meanwhile, the humane society called it a "great day" for the animals seized from the Waianae shelter.

"Justice has prevailed and they're gonna get a chance at a new life, a great life," Hawaiian Humane Society community relations Director Allison Andrade Gammel said.

In October, the humane society raided Friends for Life and confiscated hundreds of dogs. New video released by the agency Friday shows the conditions from inside, where dogs they say were left to live in their own feces and urine, and didn't have access to fresh water.

Humane Society officials called the living conditions “deplorable” and “inhumane.”

“I continue to thank the community that has come out and supported us and helped us, our volunteers that have worked so tirelessly to give these dogs the best life that they deserve," said Gammel.

She said many of the confiscated animals emaciated and had severe medical conditions. She said 13 of them have since died.

The shelter's owner and her son are each charged with 310 counts of animal cruelty. A trial date will be set in May.

They still stand by their work, saying they were doing their best. But they admit they may have taken on too much.

"We've done a good thing. We just lacked the resources we needed," Moore said.

The Humane Society says 10 of the confiscated dogs have been deemed “not adoptable” because of aggressive tendencies or medical reasons. The agency agreed to hold the animals until May 1.

The rest of the dogs should be ready for new homes as soon as they are spayed and neutered.

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