Dogs rescued from apparent Kahaluu puppy mill

Man arrested in Kahaluu animal cruelty case 10pm
Published: May. 21, 2016 at 5:34 PM HST|Updated: May. 22, 2016 at 2:06 PM HST
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KAHALUU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police arrested a 68-year-old man, as roughly 33 dogs were removed from an apparent puppy mill in Kahaluu on Saturday.

James Montgomery was arrested for second-degree animal cruelty. Police said they were called to the scene after he allegedly put a live dog and a dead dog inside a city trash bin for collection.

Sources say his 20 year old daughter reported to police that her dad was killing sick dogs.

Further investigation at his 47-345 Mahakea St. home revealed a puppy mill-type operation at the property. Dogs were discovered living in unsanitary conditions.

Nine of the dogs were found in what's being described as a bunker area with no ventilation. The rest were kept in a separate area attached to the back of the house.

"There is some bad smell with like similar to sewage smell," said HPD Lt. Thomas Santos.

The conditions of the dogs, which were different breeds, were not immediately known.

"I feel horrible," said Sheila Wendler, who lives nearby. "It's very painful for me to see any type of animal cruelty. I can't believe it, it's despicable."

Wendler says her neighbor heard loud noises before police arrived early Saturday morning.

"He heard a lot of barking and he said screaming as well," Wendler said. "He says usually it's not so bad, but last night was quite bad."

Wendler says she often sees police at Montgomery's home.

"I always felt somewhat suspicious that something was going on there, I thought it was domestic violence," Wendler said. "Sometimes I hear a little girl crying at night. They pretty much keep to themselves, they are not very friendly."

The Hawaiian Humane Society is assisting with the case.

This isn't the first time that Montgomery has gotten into trouble for abusing animals.

In 2006, he pleaded guilty to 55 counts of animal cruelty. Some 64 dogs were taken from his home.

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