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Hawai’i Island District President gets bitten by dog in HPP

April 15, 2011

I am writing this to our HSTA-Retirees as a message to reclaim our  rights to go for a safe walk/run in our neighborhoods.

Big Dog gets six tooth marks and three puntures from loose dog

One of the few perils that I’ve encountered as a runner is irresponsible dog owners that allow their dogs to roam free.

I’ve had an ongoing problem with such a person over the past few years who believes that, and I quote, “my dog has as much right as you to be on the street and if you don’t like it find someplace else to run.”

I’m partially at fault because I did not notify the Humane Society the 10 to 12 times that the dog came running after me, barking and growling.

Everything came to a breaking point on Thursday, April 14, when Tasha, the name of the pit bull mix, decided to escalate our relationship by taking a bite – leaving three prominent puncture wounds just above my right ankle.

I have since filled a police report and have notified the Humane Society.

This was the second complaint filed against the same dog within the last two months and, according to the Humane Society, the owner of the property must now appear in court.

The message I’m trying to send here is to contact the proper authorities whenever a loose animal threatens your right to walk or run on public property and do not wait until it actually bites you or someone else.

Tasha lives on the corner house of Shower Drive and 24th Street. 

This was the third time in the past 25 years of running that I have been bitten by a loose dog.  Do not let irresponsible pet owners deter you from running or walking. 

The Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Association provided the following link to the Big Dog following his dog bite:

http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/statestatutes/stushiset.htm

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One Comment leave one →
  1. J.N permalink
    April 16, 2011 9:11 am

    This is horrible. Why is it that the humane society can not take away a viscious dog that has obviously biten someone. The owner said the dog broke lose and the owner could not afford to buy a cage or stronger chain? Then he should not own a dog! If you can not comply with the law then the Humane society should be able to take the dog at least until u can comply!
    What are we waiting for? Why arent elected officials or people in power doing something to protect everyone. What happens the next time this dog gets loose and kills someone like what happened in HPP a few years ago?

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