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MHS selling purebreds

April 21, 2011
Maui Weekly

I have provided care to a negligent neighbor’s purebred Weimaraner, in order to rescue this anxiety-laden hunting dog that was chained for four years on a five-foot chain without ever being taken on a walk. I found success in rehabbing him, but I merely enabled his owners to further ignore their legal responsibility to exercise him.

Long story short: the family dumped him at MHS, who first told me the adoption fee for the dog is $100—the normal adoption fee for mature dogs. But the next day, I was “ineligible” even for last-resort adoption, supposedly for things I wrote in a letter to the family, but was completely taken out of context and not discussed.

What I discovered next is really very shocking. The Maui Humane Society actually sells these abandoned, abused and neglected purebred animals for hundreds of dollars over the adoption fees. People with respectable wealth say “forget it” and walk away.

It’s apparently not illegal, but certainly, how ethical is it when euthanizing 500-plus animals per month? Had those “wannabe” owners taken those dogs, others euthanized would have their turn with adopters walking in the door on a subsequent day.

Please let me know if you have had the experience of what I have found first-hand: MHS is asking $300, $400, $500 and $600 for purebred animal “adoption fees.” Everything is perception, but to me this amounts to trafficking.

I’ve now heard stories beg for accountability from MHS, for many complaints say they have zero accountability for “dirty little secrets” but receive $1.2 million in public funds from Maui County each year. I think it’s time they answer important questions.



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