Letter for Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

• Shame on you for intentional hooking

Shame on you for intentional hooking

I am visiting here from the Mainland with my service dog Minnie. She weighs 16 pounds and takes her job very seriously.

Early this evening, I was walking the beach, with my dog, in front of the Wailua Golf Course. She cried out and stopped walking. When I checked on her, she had been hooked with a 2-inch fishhook attached to line that had been tied to a dead tree.

I ran all the way down the beach to my condo with her in my arms. My husband called for an emergency vet. The poor girl had to be anesthetized and the hook cut out of her cheek. It was too big to pull it through.

The vet told me that this was probably an intentional hooking. Apparently, there are people on this island who are so heartless and cruel that they bait large hooks with chicken or turkey, tie them to large sticks, and leave them on the beach to “catch” the feral cats. How inhumane!

I cannot believe that the gentle people of this island would approve of such a horror. We are all one under God. To kill in such an atrocious way is both inhumane and criminal. Shame on you, Kauai!

Nancy Koczaja, Hamburg, NY

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