As the CEO of the Maui Humane Society (MHS) exits, the door opens for positive change in how MHS delivers law enforcement to the taxpayers who are paying for it. A new leader with experience in animal law enforcement and prosecution of animal cruelty/neglect crimes would go a long way towards rebuilding community trust of the MHS.
Excellent animal law enforcement went out the door in 2008 with the loss of Capt. Aimee Anderson. She got the job done well, to the benefit of our public safety and the well-being of the animals, and we as citizens received good value for our law enforcement tax dollars.
Nowadays, some people violate our laws with no fear of consequences, whereas people calling MHS to get help or report animal violations are sometimes ridiculed by some animal control officers (ACOs). Have those ACOs forgotten citizens are paying them, as ACOs are 100 percent county funded? Things have escalated to where "complaining" citizens may be retaliated against by emboldened animal neglectors who feel empowered when ACOs ignore their crimes. The situation is bad for the community.
Things have festered long enough! MHS should reinstate delivering excellent animal law enforcement services, followed by ensuring the successful prosecution of violators, so people can feel safe and animals will be managed properly.
Until the law enforcement methods of MHS are vastly improved, MHS can expect critical scrutiny from the public.
We need positive change in animal law enforcement services for the betterment of all.
Richard St. Gaudens