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Waimanalo family heartbroken after pet lamb stolen

(Image: Jones family) (Image: Jones family)
(Image: Jones family) (Image: Jones family)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Livestock theft. It's an ongoing battle for some Hawaii farmers.

But when livestock are raised as a part of the family, the loss can be more than just financial, it can be heartbreaking.

One Waimanalo family is feeling that heartbreak after their pet lamb was stolen last week. 

"His name is Hauoli, but we call him Oli." Danielle Jones said.

Jones and her sister, Nicole, raised the lamb from birth. Last Friday, someone broke into their property and stole Oli.

"From what it looks like, they took one of our leashes and possibly draped it around his neck like we do and walked him off." Nicole Jones said.

Oli was more than just livestock to the family.

"From the day we got him, I raised him in my backyard. Every two to three hours I would get up in the middle of the night and feed him a fresh bottle of milk." Danielle said.

This latest theft highlights a common problem in the area.

Mark Fukui, the president of the Waimanalo Agricultural Association, said theft is a common problem in the Waimanalo community.

"Im not too surprised, which is a little sad. Ag theft is regular. Its on-going. I would say livestock theft is a big problem, agricultural theft in general is a big problem in Waimanalo," Fukui said. 

This isn't the first time this sort of thing has happened to the Jones family.

They've also had some of their pigs slaughtered and another lamb's mother was stolen a few years ago.

Like Oli the lamb, the Jones family raises all of its animals as pets but are worried Oli may have been taken for food.

"Being in our location, we have people who sometimes stop by and ask if any of our goats or sheep are for sale. And we always say, no, they are our pets. So the thought has crossed our mind, many times." Nicole Jones said.

"All I can hope is that Oli was taken as a pet and he's getting his head rubs and head butting people like he loves to do." Danielle said, choking back tears.

The family is offering a one thousand dollar reward for Oli's safe return or for information on the thief.

Meantime, the heartbreak is real. "Love him if you're not going to bring him back. And keep him safe," Danielle said.

If you have any information on this latest theft of Oli, call police.

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