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Monday, Mar 28, 2011County: Hawaii
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
Big Island police are investigating a disturbing case of animal cruelty. A family in Kona says its one-year-old dog was shot in the face at close-range. The dog survived, and now the family wants to know who's responsible.
The Lai family's 1 year-old dog "Tasi", a Huskey/Border Collie mix, was left home Monday - as she usually was while the family ran errands. But around 11:30 that morning, they returned and Tasi was bleeding and disoriented.
"She was covered in blood, tongue hanging out, she was swollen all over, she looked dazed," says Ella Lai, Tasi's owner.
Lai and her daughter rushed Tasi to the Veterinarian. Dr. Bob Jordan took over.
"And at the time we weren't quite sure the cause we like well maybe it was a dog fight or some other kind of trauma," says Dr. Jordan, Kona Veterinary Service.
An x-ray revealed Tasi had been shot, Dr. Jordan believes with a shot gun.
"But the more we explored the wounds there were just hundreds of small penetrating wounds," says Dr. Jordan.
The gunshot broke Tasi's jaw, her tongue was lacerated in multiple places and her teeth were shattered.
"No owner or dog should have to go thru what she's gone thru, it's been a horrible week for our family," says Jowella Lai-Hull, Ella's daughter.
"I see no reason why anybody in their right mind would want to do this to any animal," says Ella Lai.
The family believes she was shot in the neighborhood culdesac.
"I don't think it was accident, there's no accident the vet said it was a close range shot," says Jowella Lai-Hull.
The family can't imagine who would want to harm their "little baby". They're thankful she pulled through, but want someone to pay for the vile crime.
"To see what they've done to her is devastating," says Ella Lai.
Tasi is still recovering at the Veterinary clinic.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hawaii Police in Kona.
If you have information on this case, please contact:
Hawaii County Police Department
- khon2.com - Mar 30, 2011
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