POSTED: 7:53 p.m. HST, Nov 12, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 9:22 a.m. HST, Nov 13, 2012
Police are investigating the shooting Monday of a small dog in Maili that later had to be euthanized.
Police said a nearby resident heard gunshots at 7:27 a.m. and saw the mixed breed dog limping away on Makona Street. Police have opened up a case for second-degree reckless endangering and second-degree cruelty to animals.
Police called K9 Kokua, an organization that helps homeless dogs, shortly before 8 a.m. The group’s volunteers rushed the male dog named Champ to Animal House Veterinary Center in Ewa Beach.
Volunteer Kale Lyman said the bullet was lodged midback in the dog’s spine and the entry wound was near his shoulder.
Animal House manager Chris Alejo said the dog was shot before. A pellet wound in his ribs had healed over, but this was a much larger bullet.
The dog was in much pain with the injury in his spinal column, and they opted to humanely euthanize it, Alejo said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Animal CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.
Those who wish to donate to Champ’s veterinary costs may call Animal House at 689-1797 or visit k9kokua.org or on K9 Kokua on Facebook.