HPD updates community on animal control pilot program, services offered

  • On Saturday, Christmas Day, Animal Control officers were hard at work responding to a 5 a.m. call of an injured dog in lower Puna. The extremely emaciated dog, estimated to be about 1.5 years old, had been left tied to a metal post in the rain. (Hawaii Police Department/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The male dog, whom Animal Control has nicknamed Rudy, has been been fluid therapy, antibiotics, and intestinal parasite treatment. (Hawaii Police Department/Special to West Hawaii Today)

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  • On Saturday, Christmas Day, Animal Control officers were hard at work responding to a 5 a.m. call of an injured dog in lower Puna. The extremely emaciated dog, estimated to be about 1.5 years old, had been left tied to a metal post in the rain. (Hawaii Police Department/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Jan. 1 will mark six months of the Hawaii Police Department’s hands-on management of animal control services on the Big Island — the same date a new law goes into effect requiring dog and cat owners to microchip their animals.