Horse removed from beach

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    County workers pour lime on a horse carcass lodged in the rocks at Aliomanu.

ALIOMANU — A horse carcass has been removed from the shoreline at Aliomanu, thanks to a little lime from County of Kauai and workers hired by locals.

The carcass was spotted by residents around Aug. 18 and reported to the county, as well as the state Department of Land and Natural Resources on Aug. 19. Reports say it had been rotting on the beach for at least a few days before it was reported.

Because the carcass was located above the high-water mark, cleanup was the county’s responsibility.

Tuesday, county spokespeople confirmed they’d made a move to take care of the issue.

“The Public Works crew covered the horse in lime (calcium hydroxide) last week to help accelerate the decomposition of the carcass, as well as to reduce any odors,” said a statement from the county.

Residents in the area said the smell from the carcass was gone on Tuesday.

6 Comments
  1. Ed August 28, 2019 12:59 pm Reply

    Any idea who owned the horse?


  2. Kauai Chemist August 28, 2019 8:24 pm Reply

    LIME is calcium hydroxide, which is used in cooking and dental applications.
    LYE is POTASSIUM or SODIUM hydroxide, which is used to aid in animal decomposition.


  3. Palani August 29, 2019 5:37 am Reply

    @Kauai Chemist: I think the confusion occurs because Lye used to be referred to as “Quicklime.”


  4. Sheila August 29, 2019 6:34 am Reply

    Any idea how the horse died or who it belonged to? Anyone looking into this?


  5. onehapa August 29, 2019 6:27 pm Reply

    Next time try this. http://www.wweek.com/culture/2016/09/06/there-is-now...


  6. Kalawai August 31, 2019 9:25 am Reply

    This is ridiculous the county poured lime on that horse and the tide washed all of the lime straight into the ocean at the next high tide the only reason why the smell is gone is because a good Samaritan in the area paid three skilled hard-working gentleman from the hunting community to go down there and do what nobody else was willing to do .the smell went away because they took the horse away after cutting it up by hand and loading it into bags not because the county dumped a bunch of lime on our pristine reefs i’ve never read such a misleading article before in my life


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