Thursday, July 23, 2009

More than 400 animals rescued from Leeward man's property

Wai'anae Coast man calls SPCA to remove cats, dogs and birds

Several animal welfare groups are caring for more than 400 animals that were collected from a Wai'anae Coast property in what some are calling one of the largest animal rescue missions on the island.

The Humane Society of the United States estimated that more than 100 dogs, 100 cats and 200 fowl were removed from the property and are now housed at a facility in Kalaeloa. The emergency shelter was secured by the O'ahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which was one of the lead organizations in the rescue.

Some of the animals were emaciated and suffered serious skin and eye infections and parasite infestation, according to the Humane Society of the United States, which is not affiliated with the Hawaiian Humane Society.

The animals were on property owned by Norman and Bonnie Pang, said Kawehi Yim, Hawaiian Humane Society spokeswoman. After the death of his wife, Pang contacted the O'ahu SPCA and surrendered the animals to that organization, the O'ahu SPCA said.
On Sunday, volunteers from various animal welfare groups began to remove the animals from Pang's property.

The animals had been housed in outdoor kennels there or were roaming the property, according to the Humane Society of the United States..." More