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August 12, 2013

Think About It: Dog Daze

When are essential services really not essential? Well, apparently picking up stray animals will no longer be an essential service provided by the Hawaiian Humane Society. Due to not getting a requested $800,000 increase in budget from the City of Honolulu for its work, the Humane Society has laid off three employees, and will not be able to pick up stray dogs and cats, though it will still gather up aggressive offenders.

And stay tuned, because there will be other pieces of the "assumed services" pie that will be shaved as the mayor's office blames the City Council and the Council blames the mayor's office for the monetary shortfall. Yes, it's business as usual around Honolulu Hale. You can go back 55-years and relive the wonderful back and forth that seems to go on annually between the Honolulu mayor and the City Council. Blaisdell, Fasi, Anderson, Harris, Hannemann, Carlisle, and now Caldwell, it doesn't take long for a new administration or an old one to publicly air grievances with the City Council.

HPD is suggesting that you or I now take stray or injured animals to the Humane Society facility on Waialae Avenue. Really? That sounds a bit precarious for even the most empathetic animal lover. It would be great to figure out a way for the professionals to continue to handle this delicate task. And with this Humane Society budget shortfall issue, you won't be able to get much reaction to your complaints about shrieking cats or barking dogs, but we're used to that… at least from within the walls at Honolulu Hale. Think about it…

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