Judge throws man convicted in animal cruelty case behind bars for contempt

Operator of no-kill animal shelter to spend 30 days behind bars for contempt

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The operator of a no-kill animal shelter will spend 30 days in jail. But the sentence has nothing to do with the animal cruelty conviction a jury handed down Thursday.

Lanny Moore and his 82-year-old mother, June, were supposed to be sentenced Friday in connection with the animal cruelty case.

But that ended up being postponed.

What did happen: A contempt of court hearing.

During the proceeding, Judge Edward Kubo scolded Moore for filing paperwork with the state Supreme Court without telling his attorney.

In it, Moore claimed the deputy prosecutor in the animal cruelty case ― Jan Futa ― should have been suspended because she is under investigation by federal prosecutors in the Kealoha corruption case and may have been aware of illegal activity by her colleague, ex-deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha.

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The judge said those claims are false.

It was the second time Moore tried to file court motions by himself, and he was told not to do it because he has an attorney.

When the judge asked why he filed the papers, Moore said, “My honest thing is I’m trying to protect my mom.”

Moore went on to say, “I’m wrong. I’m sorry. I do take total responsibility.”

Despite the apology, Kubo handed down the maximum sentence for contempt of 30 days in jail.

Moore is also facing up to 24 years behind bars after being found guilty Thursday of animal cruelty.

In 2016, the Hawaiian Humane Society seized more than 300 dogs from the Mahaka no-kill animal shelter that he ran, called “Friends for Life”.

Prosecutors said the Moores didn’t give the dogs at the shelter adequate food, water or medical care.

Both Moore and his mother will be sentenced on July 17.

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