Dog survey hopes to help against puppy mills

By Tim Sakahara

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In an attempt to go after puppy mills, authorities want to ask all dog owners some questions.

There are nearly 175,000 dogs on Oahu and the Hawaiian Humane Society wants to know where they came from. The organization is launching an aggressive campaign to bite breeding issues.

They have issued an 18-question survey that focuses on things like when and where you got your dog and how much it cost.

The survey also gives owners a chance to sound off on problems they had after purchasing a dog.

"Some of the issues could be related to disease, breeding defects, false advertising and we're really looking for people that bought dogs from any venue it could be a pet shop, online through Craig's List, anywhere," said Jacque LeBlanc, Hawaiian Humane Society.

The survey comes on the heals of the Waimanalo puppy mill case where 153 dogs were seized from a farm because of the poor conditions. To give perspective on how wide spread breeding can be, in the weeks following the seizure 79 puppies were born.

The survey hopes to pinpoint any more puppy farms around the state.

"We're definitely not trying to single out hobby breeders, or breeders in general we're just trying to get a sense of the magnitude of the issues from anybody who has purchased a dog in the state of Hawaii," said LeBlanc.

The survey also asks if you think large-scale breeders should be licensed and monitored which dog owners we caught up with support.

"I think it would help if there was some licensure over breeding," said Courtney Chu, dog owner from Kaimuki.

"You want to make sure the dogs are taken care of and not living in small quarters and not living in poop," said Miki Kaneko, dog owner from Waikiki.

"Yeah especially with the incident with the puppy farm if you don't have the right facilities and resources to do it than you probably shouldn't be doing it," said Tate Fong, dog owner from Kahaluu.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. The Hawaiian Humane Society hopes you help them lick breeding problems.

They'll present the findings to lawmakers to come up with tougher laws on large-scale breeding.

To take the survey online, visit

To take the survey by phone, call (808) 226-3872 during weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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