Golf Course Workers Accused Of Butchering And Eating Dog

Two former golf course workers accused of butchering and eating a patron's pet dog two years ago have pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

Saturnino Palting and Nelson Domingo, who had theft charges dropped as part of a plea agreement Wednesday, face a maximum five years in prison when they are sentenced in July.

The dog's owner, Frank Manuma, says Caddy, a 8-month German shepherd-Labrador mix, vanished after being left tied up near a maintenance shed.

Witnesses say they saw the Kalihi men load the 50-pound dog into a car and drive away at the end of their shift at the Moanalua Golf Club on Dec. 16, 2007.

The club fired the workers and investigators later told Manuma the two men butchered and ate his pet.

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