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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:58 a.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Humane Society returns seized dogs

Advertiser Staff

The Hawaiian Humane Society said today it is returning dogs to a Hawai‘i Kai woman accused of mistreating animals left in her condominium.

“While we firmly believe that the evidence supports animal-cruelty charges against Lucy Kagan, we have been advised by the prosecutor’s office and our attorney to return the dogs to Ms. Kagan,” said Pamela Burns, president and CEO of the humane society.

The society said it would conduct unannounced inspections of animals under Kagan’s care. It did not say how many dogs would be returned to her.

Twenty-seven dogs and two cats were confiscated May 7 from a condominium on Kawaihae Place, suspected of being a “puppy mill.” Kagan said she took good care of the animals and was never charged with cruelty.

Kagan had been cited by the state for accumulation of animal waste at the condo. Customers also complained that Kagan misrepresented the conditions and histories of animals she sold.