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1 of 2 dogs that snarled freeway traffic reunited with owner

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:13 p.m. HST, Apr 11, 2013

One of two dogs that caused a major traffic snarl on the H-1 highway near the Liliha Street overpass was reunited with its owner this afternoon, the Hawaiian Humane Society reported.

Westbound traffic on the H-1 Freeway came to a standstill this morning when two small dogs ran loose on the freeway.

Police said one dog was killed on the freeway before the Palama offramp. A Hawaiian Humane Society spokeswoman said both dogs were owned by the same person and had come from a home's yard in the Liliha area.

Officers arrived around 6:45 a.m. to find the second dog backed up against the barrier separating the westbound and eastbound lanes near the Liliha overpass.

Police used their motorcycles to shield the dog from traffic,stopping traffic when the dog bolted across the freeway lanes.

After several unsuccessful attempts at catching the dog, police were able to leash it at 6:58 a.m.

But traffic remained heavy for the remainder of the morning rush hour as an automobile collision occurred at the Vineyard offramp just as police collared the dog.

Although previously identified as a Chihuahua or miniature pinscher, the surviving male black and brown dog is probably a mixture of the two breeds, according to Hawaiian Humane Society spokeswoman Jacque LeBlanc. The dog had no tag or microchip.

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serious wrote:
I saw that--taser it!!!!
on April 11,2013 | 07:08AM
Grimbold wrote:
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on April 11,2013 | 03:49PM
kainalu wrote:
Hopefully most agree - this isn't a "warm and fuzzy" story about a cute little dog.
on April 11,2013 | 04:51PM
jydru wrote:
we could say the same about you.
on April 11,2013 | 09:23PM
loquaciousone wrote:
You sure it's not a rat? Hawaii has some really really big ones.
on April 11,2013 | 07:12AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Rats? Yea! We voted them into office!
on April 11,2013 | 07:26AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Nest 0 Rat Garcia!
on April 11,2013 | 07:58AM
copperwire9 wrote:
You never miss a chance, do you?
on April 11,2013 | 09:17AM
bumbye wrote:
LOL, in German, City Hall is called Rathaus.
on April 11,2013 | 04:21PM
HOSSANA wrote:
You're rignt! I wonder what terminix company would be willing to fumigate that legislative bld. on beretania st. such that they can eliminate the whole nest of rats on the second and third floors crawling all around.
on April 11,2013 | 05:53PM
Sunny wrote:
Ohh I thought Dog Chapman was on the loose!
on April 11,2013 | 07:19AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Dog is no longer loose in Hawai'i, taping that hideous show. He and his unsightly family... are GONE!
on April 11,2013 | 10:41AM
sailfish1 wrote:
With Rail, this would never happen - the train will simply run over the dog.
on April 11,2013 | 07:21AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The rail is elevated. Might run over a dinosaur, but not a dog.
on April 11,2013 | 07:53AM
sailfish1 wrote:
If people can get up to the rail, so can a dog.
on April 11,2013 | 12:37PM
false wrote:
I just thought of something. Would the elevated portions of the rail be difficult to get to for Seniors, or are there elevators?
on April 11,2013 | 06:26PM
mikethenovice wrote:
What's the dog's name?
on April 11,2013 | 07:26AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
on April 11,2013 | 10:40AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Please YouTube that moment when the obese cops chase after the dog.
on April 11,2013 | 07:30AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
That was one of the funniest things I saw on the news this morning! It just needed some funny background music. Soon to be seen on Tosh.O
on April 11,2013 | 07:17PM
2_centz wrote:
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on April 11,2013 | 07:35AM
808ikea wrote:
I know I risk sounding insensitive and I love pet dogs just like most everyone else, but after sitting in that traffic I'd have to agree with you on your comment. Whoever the owner is should be fined, it is their responsibility for control over their pet.
on April 11,2013 | 08:02AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Agree about ...running over the dog? Of course, the owner should be, AND WILL BE, fined. But, to run over a dog, on purpose. Weird. And cruel.
on April 11,2013 | 08:33AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Ho, hanalei395 I agree......weird, sick and cruel. But eh, dis is what O'ahu is digressing toward. Just glad the little guy is okay. I sit in more human caused traffic/delays on a daily basis. Give da ʻĪlio a break! Aloha
on April 11,2013 | 11:00AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Not only that but you could damage your car and also get blood on it.
on April 11,2013 | 12:38PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Your blood is easy to wash off.
on April 11,2013 | 03:11PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Will they be fined?? Really?
on April 11,2013 | 05:35PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Not the dog's fault. Run over the owner.
on April 11,2013 | 10:40AM
Sunny wrote:
That's awfully cruel!
on April 11,2013 | 08:03AM
krusha wrote:
That's what they all say until it happens to their own dog.
on April 11,2013 | 08:10AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Stupid comment.
on April 11,2013 | 09:04AM
Loyalty wrote:
F. U.!!
on April 11,2013 | 09:23AM
hanalei395 wrote:
HPD RUINED 2_centz day. The dog is still alive and safe. He wasn't run over. Good job, HPD.
on April 11,2013 | 10:17AM
Skyler wrote:
on April 11,2013 | 10:56AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Hawaii people are getting too angry these days about the traffic. Next thing you know, if a car is disabled, they will just push it and its driver off the side and continue on their way. Aloha at its best, hahaha!
on April 11,2013 | 12:41PM
agile wrote:
Hey 2_centz. Why not have some balls and identify for yourself, you ugly animal-hater.
on April 11,2013 | 12:46PM
mikethenovice wrote:
2-centz. Your next life back on Earth will be a dog. You would not want to be run over.
on April 11,2013 | 05:57PM
4watitsworth wrote:
Sad to read the mean comments made. I watched this on the morning news and prayed the dog wouldn't get hurt. I'm sorry that it had held up traffic but to me a dog's life is just as important as a human's. Glad they were able to capture it.
on April 11,2013 | 08:03AM
CriticalReader wrote:
If you run over a loose dog can you be prosecuted or sued? If not, keep your eyes on the road and proceed on. Things on the road are the responsibility of the owners of those things (and dogs are "things" not people). They're supposed to be on leashes or contained. If you can't control your dog, don't own one.
on April 11,2013 | 09:10AM
mijlive wrote:
same reasoning should apply to the children
on April 11,2013 | 03:20PM
CriticalReader wrote:
It does, with the exception of it being considered a "thing: Let your children run on the highway that way and you get them taken away and arrested for neglect..
on April 11,2013 | 05:43PM
Nocturnal wrote:
When was the last time you saw a loose child on the freeway? I've been living for 117 years and have not heard of a single instance of a child being loose on the freeway.
on April 11,2013 | 08:58PM
RichardCory wrote:
"a dog's life is just as important as a human's." You are literally everything that is wrong with the world.
on April 11,2013 | 09:38AM
4watitsworth wrote:
I beg to differ. Ask any dog owner or anyone who cares about animals. And if it wasn't, why would HPD go through all the trouble of trying to save the dog? I think you are, sadly, what's wrong with the world.
on April 11,2013 | 12:42PM
RichardCory wrote:
HPD went through the trouble of getting it out of there because it could cause more problems by being there than by removing it. If it ran out in the middle of the road, someone may try to swerve out the way and collide into another car, causing a huge pile up. They weren't doing it under some delusion that a dog is equal to a person.
on April 11,2013 | 01:07PM
patk wrote:
How can you say a dog is equal to a person? Everyone knows that a dog is MORE important than a human.
on April 11,2013 | 02:09PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Let's put it this way...My dog, as well as others who have dogs....are MORE EQUAL than YOU.
on April 11,2013 | 02:57PM
hanalei395 wrote:
To Richard.... My dog's life is MORE important than yours.
on April 11,2013 | 04:22PM
RichardCory wrote:
Like I said, you are everything that is wrong with the world. Until you learn the value other people and give them the worth they truly deserve, you will do nothing but stir up strife, hatred, envy, and suffering for the world at large. Your pool of influence may be small and insignificant standing alone. But there are sadly millions of people like yourself who truly hate people so much and would rather buy treats for dogs than give a sandwich to a starving man on the street. You represent the cancer of the human condition.
on April 11,2013 | 04:30PM
hanalei395 wrote:
You don't get it... I'm talking about YOU... and YOU alone. My dog's life is MORE IMPORTANT than yours.
on April 11,2013 | 04:52PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
I doubt most people would agree with you, neither does the law.
on April 11,2013 | 05:37PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Hahahaha! If it was a human, these people would think the same way. Hey! They do that with pedestrians all the time.
on April 11,2013 | 12:42PM
808ikea wrote:
So is your dog as important as the life of your mother, father, sister or brother?
on April 11,2013 | 03:26PM
hanalei395 wrote:
No. People who have dogs, their dog's life is MORE IMPORTANT than the life of a dog-hater.
on April 11,2013 | 03:38PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
if your dog caused inconvenience for thousands they would hate him too.
on April 11,2013 | 05:40PM
hanalei395 wrote:
HATE? That much HATE? ........YOU ARE very hateful.
on April 11,2013 | 06:09PM
808ikea wrote:
saywhatyouthink is right on point. Try explaining why a pet dog is so important to all those people that were stuck in traffic. I do not think you'd get a lot of sympathy.
on April 11,2013 | 07:47PM
hanalei395 wrote:
I have a lot of sympathy for them.
on April 11,2013 | 09:14PM
dsl wrote:
cops cannot catch crmimnals or dogs...that's why they only give out tickets
on April 11,2013 | 08:43AM
localguy wrote:
Sad to see so many poster have less than favorable comments. I have to thank HPD for taking action that prevented the death of the innocent dog and with some luck, a microchip read will locate the owner. For those stuck in traffic, had this been yours or your child's favorite pet, your patience and understanding is appreciated by all animal lovers. Well done HPD under such trying circumstances.
on April 11,2013 | 09:00AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Agree but no need to fret. I think most in our community are kind and compassionate and yes they understand that catching the poor critter was the right thing to do. The SA comments section is populated by many poor trolls who have noting better to do than spew the hate. No, what HPD did today was okay by me, the only funny thing was watching those officers trying to catch the dog without getting off their motorcycles.
on April 11,2013 | 09:28AM
olos73 wrote:
TV news said dog is at Humane Society, but no name on the collar, and no microchip.
on April 11,2013 | 09:44AM
saveparadise wrote:
Put the little guy up for adoption and watch the response. This feisty puppy would find a good home in no time. I'll take him!
on April 11,2013 | 02:04PM
badcard36 wrote:
Well said localguy
on April 11,2013 | 09:58AM
MakaniKai wrote:
on April 11,2013 | 11:02AM
Dolphin743 wrote:
Thousands of man-hours of time wasted by traffic jam. cost to the public?: Tens of thousands of dollars in wasted wages. At least one accident (injuries?): >$10,000. Was this really the appropriate response? If someone had to be taken to the hospital because of an accident from this situation, would it still be worth it? As with many traffic issues in Hawaii, the desire to try to help one person (or a small group) is considered to be more important than the effect on everyone else.
on April 11,2013 | 09:07AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Thousands of man-hours, really? No dramatizing there, eh? Oh wait! Let's see...one thousand man-hours, as you call them, would be 25 people working a 40-hour work week. As to the rest of your comment, it seems to me that the "desire to help" should be something we all share, and that should do our best to balance the needs of the many with the needs of the few. I'm sorry you were inconvenienced this morning. That happens sometimes.
on April 11,2013 | 09:23AM
badcard36 wrote:
This comment would be different if a dolphin was loose on the freeway.
on April 11,2013 | 09:59AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Not if it were a Miami Dolphin.
on April 11,2013 | 11:31AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Oh man HPD, that little dog OWNED you guys!
on April 11,2013 | 09:07AM
hanalei395 wrote:
No, HPD did a good job. Why you made that comment.... You hate cops ....and dogs.
on April 11,2013 | 09:50AM
walaau808 wrote:
I thought it was hella funny watching HPD try to catch him...RUUUUUNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!
on April 11,2013 | 01:18PM
saveparadise wrote:
We just watched a news clip and we were laughing too. Run Buddy run!!!! LOL
on April 11,2013 | 02:06PM
hanalei395 wrote:
When a cop is after YOU... RUUUUUNNNNNN. THAT would be funny
on April 11,2013 | 02:17PM
hanalei395 wrote:
walaau WANTED that dog to RUUUUNNNNNN....right into the traffic.
on April 11,2013 | 03:25PM
Mahalo wrote:
Thats no chihuahua thats called a MIN PIN.. investagate your breeds!
on April 11,2013 | 09:18AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Looks like a rat to me.
on April 11,2013 | 10:10AM
LadyNinja wrote:
Looks more like a combo dog, Chihuahua and Miniature Pincher.
on April 11,2013 | 09:22AM
LadyNinja wrote:
OMG, people, don't hate, be late for work, if it was either your dog or your kids, you would be extremely grateful for the kind act of HPD. Moreover, so what if you are late for work, sit back relax and don't get all ruffled up. This is Honolulu, we have one of the most horrific driving conditions and roads, what do you expect? Getting bent out of shape does nobody any good, adds to the tension and not positve at all. Keep smiling folks, just another day in paradise.
on April 11,2013 | 09:27AM
Bully wrote:
the dog does not know how close he came to being squished.
on April 11,2013 | 09:35AM
fluke wrote:
Police did a great job! Happy ending :)
on April 11,2013 | 09:37AM
saveparadise wrote:
on April 11,2013 | 02:07PM
PokeStop wrote:
At least HPD was able to catch the dog even though it took awhile. Our prison guards couldn't catch Teddy Munet even though he had leg shackles!
on April 11,2013 | 09:43AM
lowtone123 wrote:
He didn't have leg shackles that morning. Besides it's hard to catch someone when you have a doughnut in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.
on April 11,2013 | 09:47AM
96706 wrote:
Hehehehahahahaha .... !!
on April 11,2013 | 10:47AM
Skyler wrote:
At least hard to do without spilling the coffee all over your uniform... =:-O
on April 11,2013 | 08:51PM
allie wrote:
cutie..thank goodness he is safe
on April 11,2013 | 09:56AM
Jonas wrote:
2 things: 1) if it was a cat, no one would care. 2) I wouldn't aim for it, but I wouldn't slow down either.
on April 11,2013 | 10:21AM
aomohoa wrote:
Not true. Lots of people love cats too.
on April 11,2013 | 02:33PM
96706 wrote:
Oh helloooo Mr. Owner of this dog. Don't you KNOW that minpins are notorious for getting LOST??? MICROCHIP HIM!!
on April 11,2013 | 10:47AM
hanoz808 wrote:
have they had any luck finding the owner yet?
on April 11,2013 | 11:04AM
sailfish1 wrote:
When they find the owner, they can fine him for not having a leash of the dog. They should charge him for the HPD's cost to find and catch the dog but they won't.
on April 11,2013 | 12:46PM
kiragirl wrote:
on April 11,2013 | 12:24PM
agile wrote:
Since when does HHS "canvas the neighborhood" for lost pets? Their record of reuniting lost pets w/owners is abysmal, they are known to sell a lost purebred for the money rather than waiting the required 9 days, and they fought tooth-and-nail against City Council Bill 57 last year requiring them to make available for adoption those pets slated for euthanasia. But they're going to walk a neighborhood to find a lost pet's owner? Has anyone personally ever seen this??
on April 11,2013 | 12:45PM
IAmSane wrote:
What is wrong with the people who comment on this website?
on April 11,2013 | 01:02PM
allie wrote:
I am not sure..some seem..unsound..in their lives and reasoning about their lives
on April 11,2013 | 01:54PM
kalai wrote:
And you allie? what?
on April 11,2013 | 03:46PM
808comp wrote:
Read some cruel comments. Good job HPD. Owner should be fined and forced to have a microchip put in the animal.
on April 11,2013 | 02:25PM
aomohoa wrote:
Shouldn't the dog a a chip? All dogs here are suppose to. The problem is people forget to update the chip when they move.
on April 11,2013 | 02:28PM
Anonymous wrote:
whats up with the article headline? ...one hit and killed??? was there a second dog that got hit?
on April 11,2013 | 03:15PM
Kawipoo wrote:
The headline says one hit one killed. Trying to get people to read a worthless paper.
on April 11,2013 | 03:38PM
false wrote:
Something happened at Ground Zero. The person(s) responsible please step forward.
on April 11,2013 | 03:59PM
kalaoa wrote:
I'm confused: which dog is dead, which dog has no chip, and which dog is reunited with owner, and which dog(s) had their pictures on the fB page?
on April 11,2013 | 04:28PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
The owner should be held responsible for inconveniencing thousands of people. Post his picture in the paper so all know who the *sshole is.
on April 11,2013 | 05:34PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Why are they giving the dog back to the owner? The owner lets the dog play in rush hour traffic on the freeway.
on April 11,2013 | 05:47PM
mikethenovice wrote:
I'm surprised that the owner accepted the animal back. I would think that they would not take back the pet fearing a citation. Glad that the owner did accept responsibility for being honest.
on April 11,2013 | 06:01PM
Kealii wrote:
...now I'm hungry for adobo...
on April 11,2013 | 06:03PM
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