- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - A dog breeder arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after more than 30 dogs were seized from his Kahaluu home and one was found dead no longer wants to be in the breeding business, according to his attorney.

James Montgomery was released pending further investigation after his arrest Saturday, which was his second related to animal cruelty.

Police and members of the Hawaii Humane Society had found one dog shot dead and another alive but needing medical attention in a trash bin. They described the conditions for the 34 dogs seized from the home as “living in their own filth, with no water and food.”

Attorney William Harrison maintains that his client is innocent and “not at fault” for the animals found in the trash.

Harrison also defended Montgomery against animal cruelty charges in 2005, when Montgomery pleaded guilty to 55 counts of animal cruelty after more than 60 dogs were seized from the Kahaluu home. A judge’s order allowed the animals to be returned to the home, but Montgomery was instructed to sell them.

“The first case was really a problem for him,” Harrison said. “He was a teacher at the time. He got a lot of publicity. His family, his kids at school were being teased. It was a serious offense then. It’s a serious offense now.”

Harrison said Montgomery decided after his latest arrest that he does not want to raise or breed dogs anymore and just “wants the dogs to find a good home.”

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Information from: KHON-TV, http://khon.com

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