Much of our community reacts with outrage and horror when incidents such as the arson incident that killed a dozen helpless dogs (The Maui News, April 2 and 3) and the poisoning of 30 cats (The Maui News letters, April 5). Has anything been revealed by investigators?
Additionally, countless animals on Maui are needlessly neglected and abused daily, in spite of county ordinances. We see all manner of animals subjected to illegal treatment--the absence of food, water or shelter--the basic requirements of law.
Roosters and dogs are forced to fight for someone's amusement. Horses are overworked for years, then dumped into poor conditions when they can no longer perform, unsecured dogs bounce around in back of trucks and cats are shot for "target practice."
We see dogs chained up 24 hours a day, kittens born in the wild, and numerous animals killed daily at the shelter because no one will take responsibility for them.
These are living, breathing feeling creatures, like us. But they have no way to speak for themselves, so it's up to us to speak out. The mostly all-volunteer nonprofit animal organizations work tirelessly, using various methods to help. Homes are located for creatures without caretakers. Colonies are maintained for feral cats. Free or low-cost spay-neuter clinics are conducted every month to prevent more unwanted cats and dogs. Care is provided for old, unwanted horses. No-kill shelters provide sanctuary.
If you can't help the animals in need, then offer help to the people who are doing it. Call them and ask what you can do to help. It is pono.