An Ewa man who says he was attacked by a loose pit bull wants someone to take action.
The problem is the Hawaiian Humane Society and Honolulu police say it's not their responsibility. It's been an ongoing issue.
Ever since HHS made changes, people don't know where to go for help.
Tony Tarrant has been jogging in his West Loch neighborhood for eight years. But this past weekend, something unusual and painful happened while he was running on the street.
"And all of a sudden I felt something on my leg, and I looked down and the dog had clamped down on my calf," Tarrant said.
He said the loose dog, which looked like a pit bull-mix, came out of nowhere.
"Well, I looked down and saw this dog's head around my ankle. And so I thought I must be okay and I can keep on running, but then I saw blood running into my shoe," Tarrant said.
Neighbors helped Tarrant, who was treated at the hospital. They recognized the dog and said it's usually tied up.
"Wouldn't let her come close or anything, especially after what happened after," Ewa resident Wafa Melliani said.
"I want to see the owner cited," Tarrant said.
So the Ewa resident contacted Honolulu police, who told him...
"Really it's up to the Humane Society to do the investigation and cite the owner. I called the Humane Society and they said, no. After sometime in August, they no longer do that," Tarrant said.
Two months ago, the HHS decided to cut services including animal pickups. As outlined on its website, it will only pick up aggressive loose dogs.
But since this dog returned to it's owner's property after the incident, the HHS said it couldn't do anything. The HHS says HPD is now in charge of all investigations.
"The dog was out, was off its property, came after me. So I'd like to see something done about that," Tarrant said.
HPD says an officer responded to the scene, but could not find the dog or its owner. But in some cases like this, an officer can cite the owner for negligence.
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