Dogs reportedly attacking people, other dogs at Ala Wai Harbor

By Justin Fujioka
Published On: Jan 10 2014 05:25:37 PM HST
Updated On: Jan 10 2014 08:38:44 PM HST

Worried residents hope police take action to prevent a pack of angry dogs from taking more bites out of unsuspecting people and pets.

HONOLULU -

Robert Sheetz named his dog Kendall, but these days he's more of a hop-along.

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According to Sheetz, another dog attacked Kendall two weeks ago while a friend was walking him just steps from his boat at Ala Wai Harbor, where he has lived for the past 13 years.

"She pulled on the leash and as she lifted Kendall up, the dog jumped up and grabbed his hind leg," he said.
Sheetz said Kendall's broken leg will end up costing him about $2,500 and the expense could have been prevented.

The attack is one of several reported in the area in the past year, hurting not just other dogs, but people, including Lex Hanna.

He blames a group of dogs owned by a woman living in a van who frequently hangs out at the harbor.

"We have to do something," said Hanna. "The state has got to do something, and the Humane Society, have to do something. But there seems to be no response."

In a statement to KITV, the Hawaiian Humane Society said, "We provide humane capture of dogs in situations in which a loose dog is aggressive. These dogs are not at large. They are under the control of their owner. The owner may secure their dogs at a boarding facility of their own choice and at their own expense in accordance with applicable law."

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources, which controls the area, said in a statement, "We are aware of this situation and our enforcement division is looking into the situation to determine what is the appropriate citation."

Residents and regulars at Ala Wai Harbor said the DLNR recently kicked out the dogs' owner.

"Told them they had to leave the harbor area 'cause their car was not registered, and at this point, I'm not sure where they're at," Sheetz said.

Wherever they are, he said trouble will follow.

"What happens if a child walks by that van?" Sheetz said. "A toddler or somebody like that? I think it's a matter of time (before) somebody gets significantly hurt."

The Honolulu Police Department said it is now working with the DLNR and Humane Society to look for the van, the dogs and their owner.

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