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Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

The weather may be cooling down for much of the U.S., but there are still places where heat poses a problem for pets left in cars. Especially if you cram 21 dogs in a subcompact in a tropical climate.

Kat Linker was walking with her boyfriend near the Ala Wai Boat Harbor in the Honolulu neighborhood of Waikiki late last Thursday when she heard multiple dogs barking from a steamed-up Honda Fit. Linker called 911 and opened one of the car's unlocked doors. What she found shocked her.

"They were so suffocating in there and panting. When I opened the door, the stench that came out of that car was absolutely horrible. I felt so bad for the dogs," Linker told Hawaii News Now.

Twenty-one dogs both in cages and roaming free in the car were confiscated by police. The 68-year-old driver of the car was actually the mother of the breeder and had taken the dogs without permission.

Police are investigating charges of animal cruelty against the breeder's mother. The Hawaiian Humane Society says the dogs, all Pomeranian-Poodle mixes, are in good condition and will be returned to the breeder after being microchipped.




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      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy crap people READ!! It was the MOTHER of the breeder the MOTHER took them and did that WITHOUT the breeder knowing its kinda obvious.
        eye4c
        • 1 Year Ago
        Unforatunately, there were facts left off this copied article that were in the original report. "According to authorities, the breeder was unaware of a law that prohibits more than 10 dogs per household. The animals will be split up and her adult daughter will help care for some of them." Who knows what else should have been in the article.
      Porteratty
      • 1 Year Ago
      From what I read on 'comments' , it looks like a lot mouth turning over before brain in gear. To bad, how sad. We need to know the FACTS before passing judgement.
      dedndogyrs
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why mix a Pomeranian and a Poodle? What an ugly mix. There are enough dog breeds; people need to stop inventing more, and the more they invent, the uglier they get.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dedndogyrs
        Yeah thats the importance of the story. These poor dogs should not be given back and the mother and daughter bought brought up on charges
          shatil2051
          • 1 Year Ago
          If the mother stole them, why would charges be brought up on the daughter?
      shatil2051
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love how people on here are so ready to convict with no evidence. Judge and jury without cause. How do any of you know whether the daughter was a puppy mill owner or backyard breeder?...for all any of us know, she could be a perfectly legitimate and registered breeder whose mother is a complete whackaloon. The point is you just don't know but yet you're all ready to hang her for your assumptions. Way to go on the mob mentality. I hope they find out that she is legit and that she takes good care of her animals so that maybe, just maybe, you will all learn to keep your mouths shut until you have all the facts. But I seriously doubt that will ever happen because you are all obviously omnipotent. SMH
        Harold Dean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @shatil2051
        Sorry, but you're wasting your time, the prosecutorial poster does so simply because outrage-posts feel good. And frankly, Shat, you too are engaging in much the same self righteous self flattery. I'm with you, though, 100% on wishing that all of us wait for stories to develop and all facts surface before raising flags and pounding fists on tables. So little interesting discussion/debate on posting boards, and just think how rare is it that a poster writes that they're undecided!
      bambi4318
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some people should not be animal breeders, probably shouldn't breed children either.
      Donna
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would you return them to the breeder? Obviously something is very wrong with this situation!!!!
        MICHELLE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donna
        The only thing wrong so far is that the breeder's mom stuffed 21 dogs into her subcompact car, drove down to the pier, and left the dogs in the car, in the heat, mostly squashed in a cage. Obviously it was determined that the breeder does not keep the dogs in this condition.
        uncommonsensesc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donna
        I saw that!! Are the authorities working on this complete idiots?
      Arnie Jenks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Talk about people being treated differently. A cop leaves his K-9 dog in the car on a hot day. The dog gets heat exhaustion and dies the next day. His punishment, he was suspended and told he will not get another dog. Again, cops are treated different.
        mskatbrat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Arnie Jenks
        That has happened more than once this summer and you are correct, cops get a slap on the wrist and get re-assigned. BULL!
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is si much info missing from this report. Why in the world would the breeder's Mother take these dogs? Did she feel her daughter was mistreating them? What was the Mother planning to do with them? Where was she when she left them in the car? Not great reporting on this one. Seems they just took PART of a happening, threw it out there and called it a " news" story. I don't think the animals should have gone back to the breeder without a THOROUGH investigation. Sounds like they were returned immediately.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why did the mother take the puppies?, that question wasn't answered. The story is poorly written, I have to admit, and by leaving out pertinent information it can lead the reader to any sort of conclusion. What the story does say is that the dogs are all in good shape; the mother of the breeder took the dogs without permission and, presumably, stuffed them into the car. If, during the investigation, they found no evidence of animal abuse, neglect or of milling, then yes, the puppies would have been returned to the owner.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If there is any evidence that the breeder is running a puppy mill, then I agree with most who replied to this article, shut them down . The fact that the mother took the dogs without permission tells me one of two things; either she was trying to protect them or she's not all there. I lean toward the latter, only because of the conditions she left them in. No where in this article does it say that the breeder is running a puppy mill. He/She may be running a reputable breeding business. I'm sure that if there is a question about the breeder, it will come out in the investigation of the mother.
      Alicia
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd return them to the breeder after they were all fixed but not before. Seriously how is stuffing them in a trunk abuse but not breeding? The female's go through hell and it shows after like 2 or 3 pregnancies.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Like many of you I would imagine, my mouth flew open and rage set in when I read that the dogs would be given back to the BREEDER . I am livid. What is wrong in this world ??? There are way too many animals now with out homes and these breeders just making more for their benefit. makes me sick !
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