WAIALUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaiian Humane Society is investigating a disturbing animal abandonment case. Someone allegedly left a dog for dead on the side of Farrington Highway in its kennel.
The dog was left on Farrington Highway nearest Olohio Street in Waialua. Witnesses say they first saw the dog there on Friday.
The dog was left with three bowls of food and water, a collar, leash and even a ball to play with so it appears the owner cared about it. Yet it was left for dead in the crate.
"To just find that there are people out there that would literally throw something away like it was a piece of trash is just disgusting in my mind," said Jessica Avila-Franco.
One theory is the owner left the dog on the side of the busy road thinking someone would pick it up. But it died before that could happen.
"I was horrified. I was actually in tears," said Avila-Franco. "That dog did not deserve to suffer in that way."
Avila-Franco saw the kennel Friday morning on her way to work. She says when she went back on her lunch break it was gone.
The State Department of Transportation says it did pick up the dog Saturday afternoon. But crews didn't have the equipment to scan it for a microchip. The dog was taken to the landfill the way other carcasses found on roadways are disposed of.
The Hawaiian Humane Society is investigating. They say a dog can die of heat stroke from being left out in the sun for just an hour which is why they don't want people abandoning their pets especially since they take in any pet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
"We're not here to judge anyone. We're here to take care of the animal and give it a full medical evaluation and make sure the animal is safe and find it a new loving home," said Keoni Vaughn, Hawaiian Humane Society Director of Operations.
Another theory is this happened in Waialua which is about an hour from the Hawaiian Humane Society shelter. Maybe the owner couldn't make the drive.
"If you can't drive into town, you can't make it here pick up the phone and call us that's what we're here for," said Vaughn.
Anyone with information on the case can call the Hawaiian Humane Society at 808-356-2250. You can remain anonymous as well. For more information click here.