HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaiian Humane Society is offering a $2,000 reward after receiving reports of feral cats being shot at the Hawaii Kai Park and Ride.
The Park and Ride has been the home for a colony made of up dozens and dozens of cats. The Humane Society said it received a tip that someone had fired a BB gun at the cats during the day last Friday.
Humane Society investigators were at the Park and Ride, posting flyers offering the reward. Poisoning, tormenting, torturing or killing a cat is a felony, even if the cat is a stray.
"That's a malicious, really malicious and cruel act for somebody to go to that extent," said Hawaiian Humane Society Chief Investigator Ernie Molieri. "And the Humane Society is really passionate about animal welfare, and if somebody's choosing to take that kind of action, we want to look at it in a serious way."
Molieri and another investigator also talked to people at the dog park next door, asking if they had seen anything suspicious.
The suspect was described as a local male in his 50s, about five feet seven and weighing 160 pounds. He was driving a light blue pickup truck and had a black dog with him.
"It's a little bit worrying because we use the park every day," said Lisa Libby, who helps out at the park. "As you can see, it's very busy, and most of the Hawaii Kai residents bring their dogs here for exercise."
The Park and Ride and dog park are right across the street from a Honolulu Police Department substation.
"What's to say he's not going to come into this park, as brazen as it is, right across from the police station, the substation, and somebody gets injured," said Susan de Boer, who was at the park with her dog.
There are signs at the Park and Ride, saying that the cats are fed and watered daily and that they shouldn't be overfed. Many of the cats also have a notch in one ear, indicating that they have been captured, spayed or neutered, and then re-released into the colony to control the population.
Whether you like them or not, it's still a crime to shoot the cats.
"Hopefully it will stop, because it's suffering, these cats," said de Boer. "You know, whether you shoot it with a pellet gun or a rifle, they do suffer."
Anyone with tips or information should call 356-2249.