Case of two men accused killing and eating pet dog moves forward

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) --It's a story that disturbed pet owners across the state.

A pet dog goes missing and two men are accused of killing and eating it.

Circuit court judge Randal Lee rules, key evidence in the case against Nelson Domingo and Saturnino Paulting will be allowed in court.

There was question over whether the defendants were telling the truth when the dog disappeared from the Moanalua golf course December sixteenth of last year.

The two maintenance workers admitted to taking the dog, but said it ran away when they pulled over on the side of the road.

The state says, when the men were separated and questioned by their boss, their stories didn't match up.

"Mr. Domingo stated the dog had been in its car, but because it was licking its ear, he stopped to open the door and the dog ran away... I believe he said by Circuit City in Aiea," said judge Randal Lee.

But Palting said they pulled over at another location miles away.

Their attorney's claim, the men made the comments without being read their miranda rights and wanted the comments thrown out. But the judge said miranda rights were not necessary because police didn't question the men. Their boss at the golf course did, and eventually fired them after that meeting.

The trial date is set for October 27th.