Humane Society received 47 dogs during new year celebrations

By Paula Akana
Published On: Jan 02 2014 11:47:06 AM HST

Between 11 p.m. New Year's Eve and 11 a.m. New Year's Day, 47 stray animals were turned into the Hawaiian Humane Society.

HONOLULU -

Fireworks scare animals.  Many times, the panicked pets make a run for it.

Between 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve and 11 a.m. on New Year's Day, 47 stray dogs were turned over to the Hawaiian Humane Society on Oahu.

Watch Paula Akana's report.

That's down from last year.  But, the Humane Society says it still proves the power of the microchip.

One dog turned up in the Pauoa area overnight while one woman brought in a lovable pup from the West Oahu area.

The number of dogs turned in during the overnight hours leading into the new year is down, but some may never find their way home.

"We do want the public to be aware that microchipping your dog is really important," said Vernon Ling, the Humane Society's lead investigator.  "Also using a color with an ID tag or a city, county license."

On New Year's Day, Max Kamaiopili was notified his dog Yuki was at the Humane Society.

"My residence got burglarized.  They left the gates open.  Dog got loose," said Kamaiopili.  "Everyone came home but my male.  I gave up hope of him coming back."

That was a year ago.  On Wednesday, there were reunited.  For Yuki, he hadn't forgotten his daddy.

Ling showed us how easy it is if a dog is microchipped.  They just pass the reader over the dog and it beeps if it's chipped.  They were able to contact the owner on record and thus, the happy reunion.

Ling responded to an animal on a freeway Wednesday morning.  But, by the time he got there, the dog was already dead -- struck by a vehicle.

The dog had no microchip or ID.  Ling says that is the saddest case -- there's no one to notify.  The Humane Society will microchip your animal daily from noon to 6 p.m. for just $15.

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