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Pearl City man charged with shooting dog and threatening hunters

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:54 p.m. HST, Mar 04, 2013

An 81-year-old Pearl City man was charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly shot a dog and threatened three hunters near his home Saturday.

Bail for Anthony Silva was set at $100,000.

Silva was arrested on suspicion of first-degree animal cruelty, three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree reckless endangering and failing to safely keep a loaded firearm.

The suspect allegedly shot the dog and threatened three men hunting with the dog in a ravine behind his Pearl City home on Aluka Place, police said.

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hawaiikone wrote:
Three days, no comments, get the picture already. Let it go...
on March 4,2013 | 07:00AM
Grimbold wrote:
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on March 4,2013 | 08:08AM
inuulu wrote:
The hunters were hunting down in the valley, they weren't even close to the homes. There's tons of pigs down there and they come up to our property all the time.
on March 4,2013 | 09:58AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The guy is 81 years old. It couldn't have been to far from his house and way off down the valley.
on March 4,2013 | 12:13PM
sailfish1 wrote:
inuulu - if those pigs "come up to our property all the time" , you'd be wise to keep hunters and their dogs away. Those pig hunting dogs are not on leashes and they are vicious especially when they are after prey. There have been several instances of pig hunting dogs running wild through neighborhoods killing pet animals and attacking children.
on March 4,2013 | 01:05PM
likeke17 wrote:
As we are not discussing the dog issue, but the man who has decided to kapu the alley as his own, feeding the pigs, creating a serious problem for other homeowners with the pigs, and other animals chickens,rats into the neigbhorhood. Then to bring his gun to ward off anyone, children, homeowners from walk in the yard and the valley. This is serious business and its about time he faces the authorities.
on March 5,2013 | 10:20AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
You come near my house toting guns you'd better duck....forget your silly dog.
on March 5,2013 | 03:00AM
hawaiikone wrote:
This story appeared two days ago. Not one comment until mine this morning, Just thought it strange that the SA would keep repeating it, while not allowing any comments about Romney's first interview since the election.
on March 4,2013 | 10:27AM
false wrote:
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on March 4,2013 | 01:25PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Not relevant to you perhaps, but then you're a democrat.
on March 4,2013 | 01:56PM
Ratrase wrote:
What are hunters doing in Pearl City? Not exactly the outback is it?
on March 4,2013 | 07:08AM
jess wrote:
Pigs are everywhere! I hope the dog is okay...
on March 4,2013 | 07:14AM
Ratrase wrote:
Should hunters be everywhere? Even in residential areas? What about stray bullets and missed shots?
on March 4,2013 | 07:34AM
SteveToo wrote:
Most pig hunters DON'T shoot their catches. Jungle is to thick. Most pigs caught the old style way w/dogs and a knife. Besides it says they were in a ravine.
on March 4,2013 | 07:42AM
jess wrote:
In most cases it's illegal to use guns while hunting on Oahu. I'd rather have a couple of guys with dogs go hunting on the weekends (on public land) than smell stink poop all the time and have them trample through my garden a couple of times a week. I'm sure shooting the dog was much more dangerous than anything the hunters were doing, there are much better ways to solve these types of problems.
on March 4,2013 | 08:35AM
hanoz808 wrote:
if it's palisades, then a lot of people hunt pig up there.
on March 4,2013 | 07:34AM
BigOpu wrote:
Not condoning the shooting of a dog, but were the dogs threatening in any way? Does that justify this guys action? I mean, if these dogs came charging after my 4yr olds, I'd do something drastic. I don't have a gun, but a pick ax would do the job also.
on March 4,2013 | 07:51AM
JnS wrote:
For the most part, the dogs from these hunters are the biggest problem (but of course, it's the hunters that are ultimately responsible). They are not on leashes and are usually far from the hunters. I know two individuals who have had there animals attacked by hunting dogs (one pig and one dog) both attacked on their private property. What did the hunters do when they heard the attack (the dog), the hunter grabbed his dog and started laughing. The dog that was attacked barely survived and the bills are very high. Policed did nothing. These events are not uncommon. Who's to say next time it won't be a child yet nothing is ever done to punish the guilty, therefore it will happen again and again.
on March 4,2013 | 11:59AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
This 81 year old is an inspiration to us seniors. I just yell at the kids to stay off my lawn. He shoots dogs and takes names.
on March 4,2013 | 08:29AM
kkelli4u wrote:
Interesting, State Dept. of Land and Natural Resources knew about the ongoing problem with these hunters/reckless endangering the public and nearby homes, I agree the shooter should be held accountable for his actions/safety is first/but again State Dept. of Land and Natural Resources aka DLNR, should also be held accountable, there administrative rules are out dated/Hawaiian Human Society requires Hunters to have their dogs chip/and limit the amount of dogs to 2 per hunter/and keep them on leash/for public safety/and home owners encounter. Do you job DLNR/HPD should conduct a fair investigation on how close was this dog/hoping for speedy recovery. Animal Lover…..
on March 4,2013 | 11:58AM
none wrote:
dlnr needs to check if the hunters were in private property. hunters always end up in our back yard which is private property and their dogs attack our pets. i can understand the fustration of the home owner.
on March 4,2013 | 04:09PM
ResponsibleCitizen wrote:
Man shoots dog to protect HIS property, this gets printed over and over. Man uses gun to stop a man from a batting and beating, no one is injured all is good, NO mention of that. Biased SA. The guy saves a life and still gets arrested. ??? propaganda i tell you
on March 5,2013 | 03:35AM
likeke17 wrote:
Until "You" live in his neigborhood keep the comments to the fact that he threaten the hunters and also the cops. The pigs were and are not in his property. He shot from his yard into the valley. He needs to be put away.
on March 5,2013 | 10:24AM
DABLACK wrote:
The elected people of that area got to know the concerns of their community and resolve the issues accordingly. Waiting for things as such to happen will only create more problems. These issues will only get larger if left alone. The law makers should not be "fire fighters" and only react to immediate problems. They need to be PROACTIVE !! Know the pulse of the area, go door to door, talk to the neighbors !!
on March 26,2014 | 09:49AM
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