The Hawaiian Humane Society has opened a felony cruelty to animals case after a dog was found with a stab wound to the head.
Based on a tip, Humane Society investigators found the dog Wednesday afternoon on Nanaikeola Street in Nanakuli.
"When I found her she was originally just laying down in some bushes, but when I approached her she was able to get up and walk towards me," said investigator Andrew Connell.
Connell said the dog was covered in blood "from head to toe." Callers to the Humane Society believed she had been hit by a car. But when she was cleaned up, veterinarians found the wound to the top of her head.
"The veterinarians noticed that the wound was very deep, not typical of being hit by a car," said veterinary technician Lori Nishimura. "Something like this had to have a lot of force behind it."
"It's really rare that we come across things this severe. But every once in a while, unfortunately, we get things like this," said Connell.
The dog didn't have any tags or a microchip, but she was wearing a collar, suggesting that she was someone's pet.
Unless and until her owner comes forward, the unnamed pooch will recover with a foster family.
Investigators have also opened a felony cruelty to animals case and are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction, which carries a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and/or five years in jail.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Humane Society at 356-2250.