City Council holds public hearing on animal response

 

More than a year after changes in key services were made at the Hawaiian Humane Society, there’s still some confusion about who’s supposed to respond to animal calls.

At a City Council public hearing Thursday, the Honolulu Police Department said its officers are not trained to handle such cases.

“We have about 2,000 officers and at this point, it would be difficult to train all our officers in handling animals correctly without causing injury to the officer or the animals,” said Maj. Calvin Tong, Honolulu Police Department.

Under the current contract, the Hawaiian Humane Society will respond to animal cases from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

According to HHS, their officers will respond to the containment and securing of loose and aggressive dogs. The responsibility will then be transferred to HPD after those hours.

“I think it’s clear that we cannot continue the lack of services. The way that it’s going right now is not efficient for police department to be handling animals,” said Honolulu City Councilmember Kymberly Pine.

“I think the community is saying they’re not satisfied with what the current status is,” said Pamela Burns, president and CEO of the Hawaiian Humane Society.

Rep. Pine says she plans to continue this discussion and hopes they can find a more efficient way to handle these issues.

To contact the Hawaiian Humane Society, call 356-2250.

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