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3 Kauai pit bulls euthanized after mauling dog

By Star-Advertiser staff & Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:25 p.m. HST, Jun 06, 2014

LIHUE » Three Kauai pit bulls were euthanized after mauling a small dog.

The Chihuahua mix's owner Lisa Serrano tells the Garden Island she and her 11-year-old daughter watched the deadly attack Thursday. She says one pit bull charged toward her daughter, who dropped their small dog named Lily.

Serrano says the pit bull attacked Lily as four more pit bulls ran from a nearby home and joined in.

"We saw our dog mauled to death right in front of us," she said.

Eventually, the owner ran outside and began hitting his dogs with a pipe to get them to release the helpless animal, according to Serrano.

She said she took the injured pet to the Kauai Veterinary Clinic in Puhi, where a vet told her nothing could be done. Lily's injuries included punctured lungs, deep bite wounds to the throat and a torn off ear.

"This is something that my child will never forget," Serrano said. "This was her best friend."

Serrano says Lily was adopted from the humane society. She's calling Lily an angel for saving her daughter.

County spokeswoman Sarah Blane says the Kauai Police Department cited the owner of the pit bulls with a dangerous dog violation.

Kauai Humane Society Field Services Supervisor Mana Brown says the owner chose to surrender three of his five dogs to be euthanized.

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bullturd wrote:
Wise up Kauai City Council, Pass a leash law.
on June 6,2014 | 08:00AM
nitpikker wrote:
no. pass a st***d owner law.
on June 6,2014 | 08:14AM
paniolo wrote:
Irresponsible owner...
on June 6,2014 | 08:13AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Why don't they euthanize the real culprit -- the owner.
on June 6,2014 | 08:14AM
Heinbear wrote:
on June 6,2014 | 08:24AM
zoomzoom65 wrote:
Right on!
on June 6,2014 | 09:05AM
hilopango wrote:
My thoughts exactly.
on June 6,2014 | 09:10AM
jmarie wrote:
Are you kidding me, to many bleeding heart Left Winged liberal Democrats in Hawaii. They are having a hard time Euthanizing the monster that savagely beat and killed his own child. Never happen in this up side down place. But I agree they should euthanize the owner.
on June 6,2014 | 09:28AM
HIE wrote:
Name one deep red conservative state where they have the death penalty for a dog owner whose dogs maul another dog. Go ahead.
on June 6,2014 | 01:13PM
Anonymous wrote:
I second the motion.
on June 6,2014 | 11:53AM
saveparadise wrote:
This was murder of a family member. I cannot imagine the trauma placed on the child who was holding Lily. We need better laws to make responsible owners that will comply. The victim could easily have been the child. Condolences...
on June 6,2014 | 08:50AM
Anonymous wrote:
So true, that child has a guardian angel.
on June 6,2014 | 11:43AM
kainalu wrote:
There's got to be more done with irresponsible owners, like disallowing them from owning any pets.
on June 6,2014 | 08:58AM
kiragirl wrote:
The female who slashed her dog's throat got off because of her mental issues but she is still allowed to have dogs. Dumb judge!
on June 6,2014 | 11:33AM
Anonymous wrote:
Who needs 3 pit bulls, ah yes, the status symbol.
on June 6,2014 | 11:43AM
LKK56 wrote:
Who in their right mind would let their 5 pit bulls roam freely with out a leash knowing he needs a pipe to control his dogs actions? - someone without assets that's probably who.
on June 6,2014 | 11:47AM
Anonymous wrote:
Why does 3 pit bulls see a tiny dog like Lily as a threat ? anyone ? or are they just bullies ??
on June 6,2014 | 11:47AM
Anonymous wrote:
Anyone know why 3 pit bulls would see a tiny dog like Lily as a threat, or are they just big bullies ?
on June 6,2014 | 11:50AM
Anonymous wrote:
Why would the pit bulls see Lily as a threat?
on June 6,2014 | 11:51AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
Why on earth do these pet owners leave their dog unleashed? The owner should be sued.
on June 6,2014 | 11:51AM
KB wrote:
why 5 bulls and why 3 out of 5 and no mention of protecting the girl of future possible occurrence again .
on June 6,2014 | 01:13PM
innocentBystander wrote:
Outlaw Pit Bulls. Too much bloodshed already. Not worth it.
on June 6,2014 | 01:36PM
4watitsworth wrote:
Not all Pit Bulls are dangerous. I know some pits who are the sweetest, non-aggressive dogs. Please read up on pits bulls and educate yourself.
on June 6,2014 | 06:07PM
sailfish1 wrote:
"cited the owner of the pit bulls with a dangerous dog violation" - What is the penalty? Does the owner have to pay for a new dog for the Serranos, a huge penalty fine for traumatizing a young girl and her mother, and a big fine for having 5 dangerous dogs loose to attack someone? Also, what is this "owner chose to surrender three dogs of his five dogs to be euthanized" - The owner gets to "choose"? All 5 vicious dogs were involved in the attack and all 5 should be euthanized. What kind of enforcement is going on in Kauai?
on June 6,2014 | 02:15PM
kprtyqn wrote:
As with anything the OWNER is responsible for their dog at all times. The leash law only pertains to being in public NOT on the owner's property which most have their dogs on weak ropes or small chains or worse running loose. If you dont have fencing to keep your dogs in your yard you take a risk always. Lucky that girl didnt get mauled or bit in anyway. Of course you could take steps to take them to court and alot of house insurance agencies will NOT insure your house when you have these breeds. Ive raised pitbulls most of my life and never have I ever let them get into situtaions because they were pack animals. Sad these 3 had to lost their lives due to the owners fault.
on June 6,2014 | 02:21PM
kprtyqn wrote:
its not about seeing the other dog as a threat. Dogs are territorial and most dogs will attack strange dogs near or on their property. Sad that this was a pack fight and the girls dog was hurt to the worst.
on June 6,2014 | 02:23PM
joeglick wrote:
kpr, you make a lot of good sense in your postings, but to say hurt to the worst, is putting it mildly, how about using language such as savagely mauled, ripped, shredded, dismembered, and killed.
on June 6,2014 | 03:17PM
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