Monday, July 10, 2017

ADDED MORE PHOTOS - Hawaii: "He had my dog and was thrashing him back and forth like a shark" Pit bulls that attacked woman and her Maltese have attacked people, pets twice before - and nothing was done about it

HAWAII -- The Hawaiian Humane Society confirmed Friday morning that the two pit bulls involved in an attack in Lanikai Monday are now in their custody.

The owners hung a sign out last night saying the dogs were sent to the Humane Society.

The Humane Society told Island news Thursday it did not pick up the dogs.

This morning it confirmed that the dogs were brought in by the owners and that the arrangement was temporary until they could find a kennel to take the pit bulls until the case is brought to trial.

In the video clip, it said the owners have also made it clear to Animal Control that THEY WANT THE VICIOUS PIT BULLS RETURNED TO THEM.

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"I just had time to pull on the leash when the scuffle happened. I turned and he had my 4 pound Maltese in his mouth, going like this," recounted Lanikai resident Alesia Barnes.

It's been three days since the attack.

Alesia Barnes said she and her husband were walking their little dogs in their neighborhood when two pit bulls attacked them.

"One takes one end, and the other pit bull takes Jenny on one end, and they are tearing her apart," said Barnes.


In the video clip, she said her husband suffered what they thought at the time was a heart attack and collapsed and had to be taken to the emergency room himself. Not only did she have to endure the screaming and squealing of her beloved little dogs being torn apart by two Pit Bulls, she also had to deal with her husband collapsing on the ground and possibly dying right in front of her - or the Pit Bulls attacking him as well.


Now, other families are coming forward.

Sam Arnstein was 16-years-old, his dog Jackson, just 6 months old.

They had a brush with the pit bulls who were being walked past their home last year.


Arnstein recalled the dog's owner was being dragged by the dogs across the street, as they zeroed in on his puppy.

"The dog launched at him and bit him on his snout and I heard a squeal from my dog and then the other dog bit him at his back and starts thrashing him like a shark," said Arnstein.

Lenny Gonzales said something similar happened to his poi dog.

A neighbor was taking 16-year-old Nani Girl out for a walk when she was attacked.

"One dog got my dog in the neck, according to my neighbor. Another got her by the hip, and they were just were pulling at her, and eventually they let her go," recalled Lenny Gonzales.

Gonzales he would see the owner walking the dogs, but was surprised he didn’t muzzle them even after the incident.

Gonzales said he was paid $300 for his vet bills.

The Arstein family wasn’t so lucky.

Sam, who suffered bites to his hand said the medical bills for he and his pup, were $2,000.

Island News was told even the mail carrier has some problems with the dogs. A neighbor told us he wasn’t comfortable delivering packages to the Alapapa Drive home.

"The mailman was doing his rounds and he told me what he told the supervisor," said Christine Grisell.

Grisell witnessed an attack. She's an experienced dog handler, operating a kennel for 50 years on the mainland.

"It's not an isolated incident. They are dangerous dogs. Something needs to be done, he obviously can't control them," said Grisell.

Alesia Barnes found that out the hard way, Monday night.

"He couldn’t get the dogs off. My husband is having what we thought was a heart attack. Next thing I know, he is on the ground," recalled Barnes.

Police have opened up a dangerous dog case.

Earlier in the afternoon, Humane Society stopped by briefly at their residence at 1436 Aalapapa Drive, but didn’t remove the dogs.

Calls to the Pit Bulls’ owner Bob Kishi weren’t returned.

Later in the evening, a sign was posted on his fence saying the dogs were gone to the Humane Society.

But that could not be verified. Humane Society Spokeswoman Suzy Tam said it did not pick up the dogs.




HAWAII -- Tension in Lanikai after two big dogs tore apart two little dogs during an evening walk.

The owners of the little dogs believe there should be tougher laws for neighbors who can't keep their pets in line.

Robert Barnes said he and his wife were walking their three small dogs along Aalapapa Drive around 7:30 p.m. Monday when the two dogs escaped from a home.

"Before I could even move, this dog had my dog, it's head in its mouth and swinging it around and I'm screaming, ‘Help! Help! Help! Help!’ Then the next thing you know I see a second dog coming at us and it grabs the hind quarters of my dog and the two of them are trying to tear it apart," he said.

"It turned out to be Daisy! And he was shaking her around. I saw it and was like, ‘Oh no! Not daisy! Not my Daisy!" said Alesia Barnes.


The terrifying attack left the two tiny dogs with life-threatening injuries. The couple says Jenny underwent seven hours of surgery and may have brain damage. And at just four and a half pounds, they said Daisy has a fractured pelvis and may not make it.

The woman who owns the property where the big dogs came from said the dogs belong to another person who lives there. She said one is a pit-bull mix, the other is part-Labrador. She said she doesn't know how they got loose.

"I'm ripped, I'm ripped up. I'm trying to keep my composure and doing the best I can. But it was very hard for me to call Alesia this morning…I can't remember making a phone call so painful,” Lori Johnson said.

Johnson said she does not own the dogs but vows to take care of it.

"I will do anything it takes…anything it takes for the neighborhood to be safe. Everybody should walk, talk, live at anytime or any hour be able to walk the loop, be on the beach and respect one another, and if I have in anyway violated that, I will correct it," said Johnson.

The Barnes say they are facing $20,000 in medical bills. But they aren't asking the dog's owner for money. They just want the dogs gone.

"You need to take responsibility for what that dog has become and get it out of the community," said Alesia.

"How do you sleep at night when you know that you've hurt someone so deeply? Both physically and emotionally as well as a sweet little animal," Robert said.

Johnson said she is cooperating with law enforcement and the Barnes.

“I don't want to hide a thing, i don't want to cover up a thing…I will do anything it takes, and if it's getting rid of the dogs, a lot of people will be heartbroken. But it's obviously what it's looking like," she said.

In the video clip, Johnson swears the Pit Bull wouldn't hurt anything but says the black Lab mix obviously 'has a thing' about little dogs.



(KITV - July 7, 2017)

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