UPDATE 8/15 1:08 P.M.

David Moore and his mother June Moore who ran the Friends for Life Animal shelter in Makaha were found guilty of animal cruelty by a jury on May 9th of this year. In all, 24 cases of animal cruelty were brought to trial.

More than 300 animals were rescued from the property in October of 2016. The Hawaiian Humane Society reported many of the dogs they treated were infested with ticks, covered with feces, and others were malnourished or dehydrated.

On Thursday prosecutors showed the courtroom images of the dogs’ recovery. Several of the animals rescued in dire condition have since fully recovered and are being cared for in adopted homes. Others died before they could be treated. 

During trial, the Moores argued they were providing the best care possible. A jury disagreed, finding them guilty on all counts of animal cruelty.

June Moore who was the legal owner of the shelter and the property the shelter was on, was sentenced to 1 year probation for one count of animal cruelty. The judge added four days in jail to emphasize the severity of the crime.

David Moore who admitted himself to be the primary caregiver for the animals at the shelter faced sentencing for 24 cases of animal cruelty. The judge citing recklessness sentenced David Moore to one year imprisonment for each of 24 counts of animal cruelty, served concurrently for a total of 1 Year behind bars.

There were no dog restrictions and June Moore is allowed to keep all nine of her dogs.


UPDATE 8/15 12:15 P.M.

The former owner of Friends for Life Animal Shelter in Makaha June Moore has been sentenced to one year probation and four days in jail for animal cruelty.


UPDATE 5/9 2:17 P.M.

The jury has found David Moore guilty on dozens of counts of animal cruelty. June  Moore, David's mother and co-owner of the Makaha 'no-kill' shelter was found not guilty on all counts except one.

This story will be updated as more details become available.


A jury heard closing arguments Tuesday in a trial against a mother and son facing 24 counts of animal cruelty.

The state prosecutor claimed David and June Moore are guilty because they left the animals that were under their care in terrible conditions.

The two had about 310 animals at their "Friends for Life" shelter in Makaha back in 2016.

Many of the animals were found covered in urine and feces and suffering from skin disorders.

Both David and June plead not guilty to the charges.

Moore's defense said that the state's argument was unfair, calling it improper and incorrect. They filed for a motion for mistrial Tuesday.