The dog was discovered on Wednesday by two women taking a lunch break near Puu Ualakaa State Park Wayside. When they saw the body of an animal in the grass, they could not even determine what type of animal it was. The dogs head was missing, as were it’s paws.
Jacque LeBlanc of the Hawaiian Humane Society said whatever happened to the dog did not look like an accident. He added "It looks like the dog's head was intentionally decapitated, and his paws deliberately removed.”
It is believed the dog may have had an owner, since someone had been caring for him. He was wearing a flea collar and wore a bandage on one leg.
A local woman told reporters that people often abandon animals in the area. She thought she recognized the dog, saying he has been seen before with a female dog.
The Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hawaiian Humane Society at 808-946-2187 or email them at email@example.com.
The maximum penalty for felony cruelty to animals in Hawaii is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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