Barking dogs bill focus of humane society task force

A Kauai Humane Society task force is asking residents to participate in a meeting Wednesday to give additional input to help revise a Kaua’i County Council bill to control excessive barking in neighborhoods.

The Liko Task Force has scheduled a meeting at 6 p.m. at the humane society’s facility in Puhi.

The task force is pushing for the passage of the bill and another council bill to control dangerous dogs.

An impetus for the dangerous dog bill was an incident last year in which three pit bulls attacked a horse as it was being ridden on a trail overlooking Hanalei Valley.

The rider wasn’t hurt, but the horse was driven over the ridge, resulting in its death.

The incident, which is still under investigation by Kaua’i police, prompted public discussion on how to prevent future incidents like that one.

The recent of a visitor by a pack of hunting dogs in Wailua underscores the need to have the dangerous bill passed, councilmembers have said.

At a recent public hearing sponsored by the council, there was overwhelming sentiment in favor of passing the dangerous dog bill.

However, some residents and hunters testified in opposition to the nuisance bill and said they were not involved in discussions with the task force, which helped developed both bills, hence today’s meeting.

After the humane society has received comments, the dog nuisance bill will be sent back to a council committee, which will allow for more public testimony on the issue.

The council’s finance/intergovernmental relations committee is expected to discuss the dangerous dog bill at a regular meeting of council committees scheduled at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the historic County Building.

For more information on both bills, contact the Kaua’i County Clerk’s Office at 241-6371.

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