HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Haleiwa woman faces a charge of first-degree cruelty to animals after she allegedly used what was described as a "dangerous instrument" to discipline her dog.
Investigators said the woman called police after the dog died from its injuries.
The incident happened at about 6 p.m. Sunday in a quiet Haleiwa neighborhood on Paalaa Road. Neighbors said they didn't hear any unusual noises from the house at the time.
"I don't know who said what, but we didn't hear anything, because my bedroom is right here, and I'm home all day," said neighbor Debbie Ige.
Ige and several other neighbors said that Fiegel was quiet and kept to herself. "But I see her," said Ige. "She walks her dogs to the mailbox. And she's quiet. And I don't think she would do that."
Neighbors also said they never saw or heard anything that would indicate that animals were being abused at the house. But the Hawaiian Humane Society, which was called in by police to assist in the investigation, said it was shocked at what it found.
"Out of the over nine years that I've been doing this, it's one of the most egregious cases that I've ever experienced," said Keoni Vaughn, director of operations for the Humane Society.
Police and the Humane Society are not saying exactly what was found, the breed of dog that was killed or the type of dangerous instrument used. But the Humane Society has already begun the work of collecting evidence in the case.
"We have our chief veterinarian perform a necropsy and she's looking for two primary things. One is the cause of death, and (two) the level of suffering," said Vaughn.
"Hopefully this sends a strong message that this kind of behavior won't be tolerated."