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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 9:52 p.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2008

2 Honolulu men charged with cruelty to animals

Advertiser Staff

Two men indicted today by an O'ahu grand jury for allegedly stealing a dog for consumption last year at Moanalua Golf Course could be sentenced to five years in prison and/or fined $10,000 if convicted.

Saturnino "Tony" Palting, 58, of Kopke Street and Nelson Domingo, 43, of Owens Street are charged with first-degree cruelty to animals and second-degree theft.

Palting and Domingo were arrested on $20,000 warrants at their homes. Both are being held at the main police station cellblock for transport tomorrow to court.

The men are accused of stealing a part-Australian shepherd dog owned by Frank Manuma from the golf course on Dec. 16. The men told a witness they took the dog for food, according to police.

Both men were employed by the golf course at the time of the alleged theft and later fired.

Palting and Domingo will be the first to be prosecuted under a new state law passed last June 1 which makes cruelty to animals a Class-C felony.