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Man's Best Friend or Vicious Attacker?

Chasity Caraballo Chasity Caraballo

By: Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Some Oahu residents are calling for better record-keeping when it comes to dangerous dogs. The Honolulu City Council is now considering a bill that would require all dog bites resulting in injuries to be reported to police.

Meet Alohi, a 10-pound bundle of energy.

"Alohi is not a pet," Chasity Caraballo, dog owner, said. "Alohi is a family member who, you know, we care about very, very deeply."

At just 11 months old, the Chihuahua-Fox Terrier is also a survivor. In August, a neighbor's pit bull attacked him. Caraballo says the larger dog tore off Alohi's lower jaw bone.

"He let out a piercing scream that lasted for a minute," she said. "Alohi endured a lot of pain. And to see him go through a lot of pain has been very tough on us."

Fourteen-year-old Ashley spent months tube feeding Alohi and nursing him back to health.

"She sang to him when he was, he was in pain," Caraballo said. "She got him as a gift when she was kind of in a very depressed mode. And so the attachment, she just couldn't see anything happening to him."

Caraballo supports the bill that would require doctors treating people with dog bite injuries, or veterinarians treating animals with bite injuries, to notify HPD. Ultimately, the Hawaiian Humane Society would determine whether the dog involved is dangerous, and maintain a file that would be available for public inspection.

"I think that's important," Caraballo said. "I think a lot of people would want to know."

Alohi means shining. The family says it's learning a lot from him.

"To forgive," Caraballo said through tears. "Through everything that he's been through, he's so forgiving of people, of other animals."

The bill passed the Public Health, Safety and Welfare Committee with minor revisions Tuesday. The measure will go before the full Council January 24th.

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