Hiker says hunting dogs along popular trail attacked his family and their dog

Updated: Jan. 3, 2021 at 5:47 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii Kai man said a pack of hunting dogs attacked his wife and dog on Saturday morning, causing serious injuries to both.

The man said he, his wife, his twin daughters and their dog -- a year-old golden doodle -- were finishing their hike along the Aina Haina Valley trail when a hunting dog came out of the bushes and surprised them.

“There was as dog as large as my dog had pinned it down and was attacking it,” said the man, who only wanted to be identified by his first name “Scott.”

Scott said he and his wife tried to separate their dog, which was being dragged into a nearby stream by the hunting dog. Then, he said, five more dogs attacked.

“My wife got into the river and basically tried to pry these dogs off of my dog which was being stretched and pulled in two directions,” he said.

The dog suffered deep gashed to her stomach and front and back legs and Scott was worried that she had lost so much blood that she would die. The dog later had surgery and is now home.

Scott’s wife also suffered serious injuries. She was bit deeply on the hands and Scott said the cuts have left her unable to use them.

“My children are eight years-old and certainly it was the most traumatic thing they’ve witnessed,” he said.

Firefighters were called to the scene and carried his wife out of the trail on a stretcher. He also called police, who cited the hunters for having a dangerous dog.

Scott said he wanted to press charges because he doesn’t want other hikers to face similar attack in the future.

He said none of the hunting dogs were leashed and their owners -- a man and woman in their 30s -- weren’t apologetic immediately after the attack.

“At the time of the incident, the woman was screaming at me, essentially that you should know better, you shouldn’t be up here,” he said.

“My concern is that this shouldn’t be allowed to happen. This is everybody’s land. We should be able to have a family outing.”

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