Disturbing new images show dogs seized from Makaha no-kill shelter

A man was arrested after a rescue at the Friends for Life animal shelter in Makaha on Wednesday, Oct 12.

Honolulu police arrived early in the morning with a warrant, and Hawaiian Humane Society took custody of more than 270 dogs, which are now under HHS care.

David Moore, 60, was booked on suspicion of second-degree animal cruelty. He has since been released pending further investigation.

Friends for Life is located near Keaau Beach Park. It’s a shelter that was investigated back in 2015, after reports that some of the animals were being mistreated. At that time, KHON2 spoke with the owner, who told us all the animals are properly fed and taken care of.

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MAKAHA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)
The Hawaiian Humane Society released new images of the malnourished dogs, some with horrible skin conditions, seized from a no-kill animal shelter in Makaha.


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David “Lanny” Moore was arrested for animal cruelty. He was later released pending investigation.


Moore runs Friends For Life along Farrington Highway. He declined an interview but said he will be getting a lawyer because he feels he was wrongfully arrested.


HHS confiscated more than 270 dogs from the Leeward site on Wednesday. The organization said “filthy dogs with festering skin conditions, rancid food, combined with animal waste created an overwhelming stench on the property.”


Supporters of the Moore say the pictures don’t tell the whole story.


“I couldn’t see how anybody could press criminal charges against him,” said Ninia Elsey, who owns the property next to Friends For Life.


Elsey said she believes Moore was doing the best he could.


“I never smelt anything unusual. That’s why I asked him, what does he do with all their droppings because you would think he would smell really bad but it doesn’t,” said Elsey.


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