HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii judge sentenced a dog breeder to nine months in jail on Thursday for torturing one of his animals.
The punishment stems from a May 2016 incident, during which Hawaiian Humane Society staff and animal investigators rescued 33 dogs from 69-year-old James Montgomery's property in Kahaluu. The animals were living in a bunker, and a dog named Cheddar was found emaciated and anemic inside a trash can.
Montgomery pleaded no contest to first-degree animal cruelty in April in a deal to have 33 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty against him dropped.
The nine-month jail term is part of a four-year probation sentence. The maximum sentence the judge could have imposed for the felony was five years in prison.