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NEW VIDEO: 7 Dogs, 5
Puppies Die in Maui Kennel Fire

Updated 11:22 AM HST, April 3, 2012
Posted 12:12 PM HST, April 2, 2012

Mo'olu road Kennel. While 12 dogs died in last night's fire, six dogs in an adjacent kennel survived. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher ***New video now posted. (Posted: 4/2/12 12:12 p.m.; Update 2:57 p.m., 6:15 p.m. 4/2/12)

Seven adult dogs and five puppies were killed in a kennel fire on Mo’olu Road in Waikapu last night, according to authorities.

Fire inspectors say the blaze was intentionally set, and investigators with the Maui Police Department say a possible accelerant was used.  A preliminary investigation indicates that the fire started within the storage shed, which was not equipped with a power source.

Police are working on leads and have a possible suspect identified, according to Lt. Peter Delima with the Criminal Investigation Division.

Mo'olu Road Kennel. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The incident was reported at 10:38 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, 2012 on the remote property located in an area of heavy brush between the Waiolani and Kehalani Mauka subdivisions.

Lt. Delima said the dogs were not a special breed, but authorities say they were used for hunting and herding.

Neighbors in the Waiolani subdivision say they heard a loud commotion with dogs barking late last night. Nearby residents say they often hear barking coming from the field to the north of the subdivision, but were unsure who the dogs belonged to.

In addition to the canine deaths, the 120 square-foot kennel and storage shed was destroyed.

Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga estimated damages at $2,000 to the structure, and $12,000 in damage to the contents, including the dogs.

Authorities say there is no home on the property, just a large expanse of pasture land, storage, and the kennel facility.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Maui Police Department at (808)244-6400 or Crimestoppers at (808)242-6966.

Mo'olu Road arson investigation. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Mo'olu Road arson investigation. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Mo'olu Road. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Mo'olu Road. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Neighbors in the Waiolani subdivision say they heard a loud commotion coming from the pasture land located on the Wailuku side of the subdivision. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Waikapu area at Mo'olu Road. Photo by Wendy Osher.

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  • Melilani

    Dogs are pack animals & it is cruel of those pig hunting guys to keep dogs in a field away from people.The dogs were a very big noise pollution to the entire Waikapu area.Taking out the dogs in such an inhumane way was cruel & dangerous. We need laws to keep both of these situations from happening again.

    • Harima2

      I totally agree 100% .

    • S.D.

      Honestly you shouldn’t post things you know nothing of these dogs were loved by 3 children that were around them everyday! Their hearts are broken! So what if they were hunting dogs they brought food to the kitchen table dummy! 

  • A little late

    Read all about this this morning in the Maui News. A little late “most popular” website on Maui!?

  • LawsInPlaceEnforcementWhere

    Worst. April Fool’s Joke. Ever. Tragic and inexcusable.  Regardless of whether the conditions those dogs were kept in are considered humane or not, the proper response is not to burn them alive to prove a point. Auwe, and shame. Shame on you.

  • No shame

    Read this in the newspaper this morning, so it is hardly breaking, for da “most popular” website on Maui (what a crock!).

    • No can

      Ha, now I know you lying. The fire happened after 10:30 p.m., long before the Maui News goes to press so there is no way in hell you read this in the paper this morning because they didn’t have time to get it in last night for this morning’s paper. What a crock is right because you’re full of it. 

      • No can

        I meant “long after” the Maui News goes to press btw

  • Aloha

    Dogs stuck in a kennel, horrible. A malicious intentioned human setting the kennel on fire, horrible. Everyone can agree this is cruel. What about all the animals that are kept in horrible conditions and inhumanely slaughtered on the killing floor that you eat everyday?  Let us let our compassion reach into even more realms then just the ideals in our society we grow up with and don’t question.

  • Agreed

    Hey no can, can! Might not have been in the paper this morning (Maui News goes to press later than 10:30, btw), but it was definitely on their site before 12:12 p.m. (as it says at the top that this entry was entered), so can, no can! This site constantly rips off stuff they see from the newspaper site, but so do a lot of other Maui sites. I think the main point is that this site is hardly the “most popular” on the island — far from it, in fact. But if you want to listen to their propaganda, go ahead.

    • Sjperry

      You’re so lame, no matter what name you use–everyone knows you’re the same bitter person making these comments.  Get a life.

    • Don Arden

      Why does it matter, and why do you care?

    • No can

      Uh, did I ever say that this was the “most popular” website on the island? Never even seen that claim before and I wouldn’t believe it anyway. The topic was whether Maui News had this story in the “newspaper” today, not the Maui News website. Newspaper. And no it wasn’t because it was too late. Stick to the subject or don’t get involved in the conversation.

  • M.D.

    For all of your information these dogs were plenty loved and cared for! And around people EVERY day rain or shine! Yes there are hunters who may not treat their dogs as well as some others but that is not the case with these! They were part of a family and right now there are 3 kids and a family hurting over this horriable act!

  • Me

    Before u honkeys blame anyone for dogs barking do your homework. People like u r the problem. not even my dogs barking if u get one problem say it to my face.

    • Kanahele

      I agree with you first post, but this one took quite a leap.  How did you ascertain the race of the above posters?  You think “honkeys” killed your dogs?  I was on board with you at first, but this second post has left me puzzled….

  • HI

    Take a look at the Maui Humane Society on Mokulele Hwy. They have I dunno how many animals in how many different kennels on their  property. Take a look at pet shops and how they keep their animals and tell me they are not is some sort of kennel whether it be glass, fencing, wood or concrete. If you say how the dogs were kept was inhumane then the very place you probably got your own pet from or place you visit to see animals are also being inhumane. And anyway if they are used for hunting and herding then the owner was taking the dogs out to do what they were bred to do and do naturally in nature. Dogs were not originally intended to be some companion to a lonely person or be in a cage to look at and play with when you feel like it. They are decendents of wolves, pack hunting animals that eat meat. Educate yourselves before you talk about what is right and wrong before you speak out against something some of you obviously have no clue about.

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