Two puppies died after someone sealed them into a container with duct-tape and abandoned them outside of the Maui Humane Society. According to Maui Now, a shelter volunteer eventually discovered the plastic storage box and found two deceased puppies, as well as four puppies who were still alive.
The shelter recounted what happened:
“Hours passed in the hot sun before the container was discovered by a volunteer and opened, but tragically it was too late for two of the puppies. The remaining four puppies were rushed inside to receive emergency medical attention under the watchful eyes of Maui Humane Society’s Veterinary Team.”
The animal shelter’s surveillance video helped identify the person responsible for the abandonment. That person’s identity was not released, but they are said to be facing six charges of animal cruelty and six charges of animal abandonment.
Jenny Miller, Maui Humane Society’s Director of Marketing said:
This is a very shocking, very sad case,” Miller said. “This isn’t something that happens all the time. We have from time to time seen people tie a dog to the door in the night, or we do see, you know, a lot of dumping around the shelter, but very rarely do we see animals that have succumbed to being abandoned.”
According to KHON News, there has been an uptick in animal surrenders, most likely from a deteriorating economy due to the pandemic. The shelter wants to remind residents that it is free to surrender a pet, and illegal to abandon one.
(Screenshot of surviving puppies via KHON News)
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