Community Members React to Killing of Pet Dog for Food

Toy Arre
Toy Arre

OAHU (KHNL) -- It's the talk of the town. People are expressing strong opinions about an Oahu case in which two suspects are accused of killing a man's pet dog for food.

Frank Manuma is dealing with the violent death of his companion, Caddy. Two Kalihi men are accused of taking the eight-month-old dog and killing him for food.

"It's not kosher," Toy Arre, Filipino Community Center, said. "It's somebody's pet."

The president of the Filipino Community Center says the public shouldn't make generalizations about the suspects' ethnicity.

"If there are certain Filipinos that favor eating dog meat, then so be it," Arre said. "But to say that this is cultural, and that's for all ethnic groups in the Philippines, I think that's unfair."

Manuma took Caddy with him to Moanalua Golf Club Sunday. With permission, he left his dog tied up by the equipment barn while he played a round of golf.

Two groundskeepers are accused of committing the gruesome crime.

"I was disgusted to think that, in this day and age, that there would be people pushed to going as far as these two gentlemen did in stealing, slaughtering and then consuming someone's pet," Rep. Glenn Wakai, (D) Moanalua-Salt Lake, said.

A bill before the state Legislature two years ago would have made the killing of domesticated animals for the purpose of human consumption a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The measure failed.

"The legislation doesn't pinpoint any type of culture or practice," Wakai said. "It simply says that your cat and dog just shouldn't land up on the kitchen table."

Wakai hopes, for the sake of other pets, the discussion continues.

The suspects in Caddy's death are back on the streets while police continue their investigation.