Maui Humane Society Offers Reward in Kennel Arson Case

April 3, 2012, 10:29 PM HST · Updated April 4, 2:17 PM
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Kennel fire at Waikapu on Maui. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

The Maui Humane Society is now offering a growing $1500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) involved in a suspected arson on Sunday that killed 12 dogs in a Waikapu kennel.

“We are also accepting donations to increase the reward amount and will post any updates on the size of the reward on our Facebook page and website,” said Jocelyn Bouchard, the agency’s chief executive officer.  The reward already increased from the initial $1,000 amount posted on the agency’s Facebook page on Tuesday morning.

The deer sculls hung on the fence of a kennel enclosure were from prior hunting trips. The dogs killed in the kennel fire were utilized for hunting and herding, and were considered family pets. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Donations can be made at the Maui Humane Society website at mauihumanesociety.org or by calling 877-3680 ext 32 for more information.

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Donations made to the Reward Fund are tax deductible and will be utilized if an arrest and conviction are secured in the case. Any unused funds, the agency notes, will be used for future cases.

Maui Crime Stoppers also offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of individuals in unsolved crimes.

Six dogs in an adjacent kennel survived while 12 dogs were killed in a fire believed to be sparked by arson. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Reports can be made to Maui Crime Stoppers by calling (808) 242-6966 on Maui, or toll free from the neighbor islands at (888) 242-6966.

To contact the Maui Police Department directly regarding this incident, the number to call is (808) 244-6400.

The public should consider all wanted persons as dangerous and should not approach, follow or take other action that could put themselves in danger.

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