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Want to complain about a barking dog? Don't call police

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Hawaiian Humane Society will once again be responding to community calls about stray dogs and barking complaints.

Those calls had been going to police until fiscal year 2014, when the city ended its contract with the society after the nonprofit asked for an additional $800,000 to do the work.

City officials said having police handle calls the humane society would have picked up was less than ideal.

“The police department is just so busy and they shouldn’t have to deal with barking dogs,” said Honolulu City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi, in a news release. “I think this is a win-win because the Humane Society will be getting the extra funds and the police department will no longer have that responsibility.” 

The city said the new contract started in August, but it took several months to bring new staff on board.

Starting Monday, here are the services the Humane Society will once again be handling:

  • stray animal rescue and pick up,
  • dangerous dog and dog bite investigations,
  • barking dog complaints,
  • cat identification law and other law enforcement investigations,
  • case work,
  • 24-hour rescue and response, and
  • 24-7 dispatch.

The Honolulu Police Department will also respond if needed to animal-related law enforcement services, including rescues.

To make a report, call the Humane Society at 356-2250.

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