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Case ID: 15657
Classification: Hoarding, Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull), bird (pet), rabbit (pet)
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Monday, Jul 20, 2009

County: Honolulu

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Norman Pang

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

An Oahu man whose wife died last week had his animals taken, all 400 of them. It took nine different animal welfare groups several days to transfer all the animals to an emergency shelter. The conditions in which the animals were found could lead to animal cruelty charges by the Hawaiian Humane Society.

These dogs are now being cared for at a temporary shelter after being found in deplorable conditions at a Waianae home, along with cats birds and rabbits. In all, more than 400 animals were rescued by a team of 50 volunteers; some had flown in from the mainland. They found some animals had been living among carcasses.

"It was unsanitary conditions," said Jennifer Kishimori with the Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the SPCA.

There were animals that were emaciated with skin and eye infections;others infested with parasites. At least two dogs needed immediate medical attention.

"There were too many animals for one person to care for," said Kishimori.

The animals were taken from Norman Pang, who ran a non-profit called Animal Haven with his wife. Over the years, they took in they took in stray after stray. When his wife died last Monday, he agreed to give up the animals to the SPCA.

"I told my wife you're giving people too much of an easy out, for them to dump the animals and you take care of them for the next ten years if they're not adopted," Pang said.

To some, they were animal saviors. To others, they were animal abusers. The Hawaiian Humane Society said, the Pangs would hoard and also breed animals, then sell them to pet shops and families.

14 years ago, the Humane Society took the Pangs to court, alleging animal cruelty after tips that the couple was selling sick puppies. But a judge found the Pangs not guilty.

Fast forward to Tuesday, Human Society CEO Pamela Burns calls it de ja vue.

"It is very sad that this has been allowed to occur, and reoccur and continue for so many years," Burns said.


Case Updates

Two animal protection groups Tuesday detailed what they called the biggest animal rescue in Oahu's history.

They helped remove more than 400 dogs, cats and birds from a Waianae property after the animals' primary caretaker died.

The conditions may lead to criminal cruelty charges against the caretaker's widower.

About 50 volunteers and staff from several animal care organizations converged on a three-acre property Sunday.

They said they found about 100 dogs, 100 cats and 200 fowl living in unsanitary conditions -- many needing immediate care.

"We saw eye infections, skin conditions, parasitic infections that our vets will be treating again in the next few weeks," said

Bonnie Pang, 70, was the primary operator of the 3-acre lot she called an "animal haven." She beat animal cruelty charges 14 years ago when the Hawaiian Humane Society raided the place.

After Bonnie died her husband, Norman Pang, said he didn't want to ask the Hawaiian Humane Society for help.

"I don't want them to be even near this place because they harassed my wife all these years," Pang said Monday.

The Hawaiian Humane Society was not involved in the rescue, but said it will use video and other documentation to investigate potential animal cruelty charges against Norman Pang.

"The lady has passed away. I am not sure what purpose it would prove but that's up to their discretion," said Inga Gibson, with Humane Society of the U.S.

The Oahu Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Humane Society of the United States, which is not affiliated with the Hawaiian Humane Society, organized other groups in the rescue effort. They threw up scores of kennels and are giving every animal care.

"They are keeping the location of this warehouse secret because they don't want more people dropping off more animals they say they want every one of these animals spayed, neutered and adopted out within the next few weeks," said Jennifer Kishimori, with the Oahu SPCA.

The Oahu SPCA will post adoption instructions on its Web site.
Source: KITV - July 22, 2009
Update posted on Jul 22, 2009 - 9:51AM 

References

  • KGMB - July 22, 2009


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