WAHIAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Leslie Van Berg was back feeding the feral cats someone opened fire on last week with a dart gun. She first spotted the injured animals Thursday.
"I see this wire and this yellow plastic," she said. "I went to pull it and the skin came with it. So it's imbedded and I don't know how far."
One of the hurt felines is limping on three legs. The dart is still stuck in her neck. Van Berg is trying to catch her to take her to the vet.
At least two other cats from the colony were wounded. Van Berg removed the dart from one of them. It's about five-inches long and very sharp.
"In this case it is a barbed dart. So the dart does not come out easily and it's extremely painful," said Keoni Vaughn, Hawaiian Humane Society chief investigator.
Van Berg cares for the colony behind Tamura's Market. She said the past few days fewer than half the twenty cats who normally feed have come out of the brush.
"My fear is the others are wounded, are mortally wounded, and that they're out there in that bush area and they're dying, slowly and painfully," she said.
The Hawaiian Humane Society has opened an investigation into the dart attacks.
"We've cased the neighborhood," Vaughn said. "We've put up some fliers advising the public that there are cat shootings. If they have any tips call us. And bring any outdoor cats inside."
In the meantime Van Berg is trying to move the cat colony to protect the animals. She's asking whoever attacked the cats to stop.
"It's really really, really wrong. They are the lowest of the low. These are things that cannot speak for themselves or protect themselves," she said.