Dogs linked to July mauling death remain in owners' care
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A wooden cross sits on the Kalihi Stream bank where Crisencio Aliado died.
He was last seen collecting cans here just before 6:30 p.m. on July 29. Twenty minutes later, a passerby discovered his mangled body. Two dogs with blood-stained faces were found nearby.
Those dogs were returned to their owners after the mauling death, in a situation that community members say is concerning.
"The dogs are back in the community. We don't know exactly where they are," said City Councilman Joey Manahan, who represents the area.
The dogs, both pit bull mixes, belong to the owners of Containerland. Investigators say the dogs got loose through a hole in the fence.
"Just imagine being bitten to death. This was horrible," said attorney Richard Turbin. "These people who kept these dogs certainly didn't intend it, but in this situation the owners were incredibly negligent because there was a hole in the fence."
A 13-page autopsy report says Aliado was covered in deep gashes and puncture wounds. Skin on his head, arms and legs had been ripped off, and there were tears on his skeletal muscles.
The report also says the dogs attacked two other people in 2013 after coming out of an opened gate in the same area.
Turbin said there is a law on the books that addresses situations like this.
"If there's one such bite or attack that indicates the dog is extremely dangerous and a hazard to the health of the citizenry then a judge can authorize the dogs be put down," he said.
But first someone needs to get a court order.
"It's really everyone's responsibility, but particularly the Honolulu Police Department," he said.
Hawaii News Now spoke to the owners of the dogs, who declined an on-camera interview.
Michael Souza says both dogs are locked up, and added that for a while the Hawaiian Humane Society was coming to check on them every week. The last visit was in mid- September.
HPD officials say they are reviewing the autopsy report.
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