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Case ID: 17446
Classification: Stabbing, Beating
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011

County: Honolulu

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

It's a case so shocking, veterinarians worried, they were fighting a losing battle.

But Chaco wasn't about to give up, nor have investigators who are fighting to help Chaco find justice.

"Hi Survivor! Are you here for your check up?," smiled Veterinarian Dr. Shelby Goo.

There is a reason they call him "Survivor."

Today, Chaco looks happy and on the road to recovery, even though you can see scars covering his body.

6 weeks ago, staff at the King Street Pet Hospital thought he might not survive.

"His scull was cracked and crushed right here," said Dr. Goo pointing to a spot between his eyes.

"He literally was breathing though his mouth. We weren't sure how, how it was going to all turn out," she said.

"The call was originally reported as a dog being shot," said Humane Society Director Keoni Vaughn.

He said investigators found no gunshot wound, only severe wounds, but they did find a microchip.

"According to the owner, the dog was used for hunting so we need to identify whether it is a wild pig or human inflicted," he said.

A question vets at King Street Pet Hospital answered immediately.

"It was a weapon," agreed Dr. Goo and her fellow Veterinarian Dr. Richard Fujie.

"He was hit by a hatchet or a cleaver or a machete," she said. "On the body, I think it was more of a pointed kind of knife."

"I suspect the dog was knocked out by the first blow," said Dr. Fujie.

Vaughn says the owner's story didn't add up. He told investigators his dog disappeared 13 months ago. The owner said he was from Waianae, but Chaco was found in Kualoa Ranch. When investigators asked to meet him:

"The owner wasn't clear on where he lived," said Vaughn.

Then the owner disconnected his phone.

Vauhgn says they've opened a cruelty investigation and are offering a $2,000 reward.

"He's a special dog, because he still has unconditional love for people," said Dr. Goo.

"You're gonna meet you're new family!" she said walking him down the hall.

It's been a loving road to recovery. From Vet Tech Foster Parent Kelsey Nishi to new owner Jan Bow.

"At least we got Survivor now and we can take care of him," said Bow.

Despite his scars, despite his past, there is no doubt he knows this will be a better future.

"A happy good life that's what it's going to be. It's gonna be a good life," said Bow.

Big kudos to the folks at King Street Pet Hospital who did all of Survivor's care for next to nothing.

Again, The Hawaiian Humane Society is willing to pay out $2,000 to whomever can help them arrest and convict the person who attacked Survivor.

There is a dispatch number to call: 356-2250. You can reach someone 24-hours a day.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Hawaiian Humane Society

Case Updates

The reward being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in an animal cruelty case has been increased to $4,000 by the Hawaiian Humane Society and Rick and Jessie Kiakona, owners of Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen in Kailua.

The investigation involves a pitbull mix dog who was found lying unresponsive on the ground near Kualoa Ranch with several deep lacerations on his head and body, so deep that his skull and other bones were crushed in those areas. The dog, named Chaco, survived.

The dog had a microchip ID that led to his owner, who told Humane Society investigators that he had not seen the dog for more than a year. The owner surrendered Chaco to the Humane Society.

Chaco, recovering from his life-threatening wounds, has been adopted and renamed Survivor by his new family.

The Kiakonas added $2,000 to the reward after they saw news coverage of Chaco's story.

"My brother and I love animals, and felt terrible about what happened to Chaco," said Rick Kiakona. "We wanted to help the Humane Society find whoever did this to him."

"It is a cold case and we hope this increased reward, thanks to the Kiakonas, helps us in an arrest and conviction of animal cruelty in this case," said Keoni Vaughn, humane society director of operations.

The Humane Society is asking anyone with information on this case to call 356-2250. Sources will be kept confidential.
Source: - Mar 16, 2011
Update posted on Mar 17, 2011 - 8:33AM 


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