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“If we can identify where the populations are, that’s the first step in being able to preserve them,” said Hart. “The best way to do that is to remove the threats to them by putting up a predator proof fence that protects them when they nest.”
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PUTTING AN ANIMAL SHELTER IN KA`U was suggested by County Councilman and veterinarian Tim Richards this week. The idea came up as county council members discussed the problem of no county shelter in East Hawai`i. The two county shelters on the island are in Kamuela and Kona.
Shelters are needed to hold animals for time enough to identify and find owners and also to deal and care for the feral animals. The issue came up as the county looks for a new contractor for animal control as it ended the agreement after one year with Rainbow Rangers.
During the meeting Police Chief Paul Ferreira repeatedly said he welcomes the police department responsibility to respond to calls for vicious animals, but that caring for animals in shelters, finding owners and offering the animals up for adoption should be through a different county or contracted agency.
The veterinarian suggested that policing should not only include such issues as a dog bite of human, which is already a police issue. It could also include dog bite of another dog because vicious dogs may later bite a human.
The county is currently looking for a new contractor to take over from Rainbow Rangers, which succeeded the Hawaii Island Humane Society on Aug. 1 last year, which did not ask to renew its contract after handling animal control for more than 20 years.
The police chief said Rainbow Rangers did not have the facilities or the resources that "they pushed forward in their proposal." readily available. so the police department took it upon themselves to work with them to allow for transition. He said the organization is still unable to handle the responsibility and a new way to handle animal control is being sought. Rainbow Rangers' contract was for approximately $94,000 a month.
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