Hawaiian Humane Society is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for an animal cruelty case. The original $2,000 reward was matched last week by Rick and Jessie Kiakona, owners of Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen in Kailua, increasing the reward to $4,000.
The investigation involves a pitbull mix dog who was found lying unresponsive on the ground near Kualoa Ranch with several deep lacerations on his head and body, so deep that his skull and other bones were crushed in those areas. The dog, named Chaco, survived.
He did have a microchip ID that led to his owner, who told Humane Society investigators that he had not seen the dog for more than a year. The owner surrendered Chaco to the Humane Society.
Chaco, recovering from his life-threatening wounds, has been adopted and renamed Survivor by his new family.
The Kiakonas offered to help after they saw news coverage of Chaco’s story. “My brother and I love animals, and felt terrible about what happened to Chaco,” said Rick. “We wanted to help the Humane Society find whoever did this to him.”
“It is a cold case and we hope this increased reward, thanks to the Kiakonas, helps us in an arrest and conviction of animal cruelty in this case,” said Keoni Vaughn, Hawaiian Humane Society director of operations.
The Humane Society is asking anyone with information on this case to call 356-2250. Sources will be kept confidential.
On Oahu, the Hawaiian Humane Society is the only animal welfare organization that shelters, rescues, adopts and welcomes animals all day, every day. We protect animals from abuse, find families for homeless pets, and teach children about compassion for animals. As an independent nonprofit that receives no funding from other mainland animal welfare organizations such as HSUS and ASPCA, 100% of donations stays in the islands for the benefit of Hawaii’s animals and people. For more on the Humane Society, visit www.hawaiianhumane.org. The website features a list of all programs, upcoming events and a selection of photos of animals that are immediately available for adoption.