This week the Maui Police Department and Maui Crime Stoppers seek the public's help in identifying who is responsible in an ongoing case involving Class C felony cruelty to animals.
Witnesses said that in August 2008, four young men shot rifle- and pistol-type weapons from a pickup truck and killed four cats in the Kanaha Beach Park area. Necropsies of the animals confirmed that the cats had been shot with pellet guns.
On April 10, between 6:35 to 7:05 p.m., a perpetrator with a pellet gun shot and killed the female calico cat pictured. The cat was found just off the street fronting Kanaha Beach Park, and between the second and third entrance gates to the park.
Maui Police Department photo
Police seek information about one or more perpetrators who fired a pellet gun at this female calico cat, found dead April 10 at Kanaha Beach Park.
Because of similarities in the details, investigators suspect a connection between the two cases.
Anyone with information concerning these incidences is asked to call Maui Crime Stoppers at 242-6966. Neighbor Island residents can call toll free at (888) 242-6966. Callers remain anonymous and are given a code number.
Maui Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of people responsible for felony crimes; the recovery of stolen property or seizure of illegal drugs in felony cases; or the capture of felony fugitives.
Consider all wanted people as dangerous. Do not approach, attempt to follow or take other action that could put one in danger.