Neighbors Refuse To Give Up On Rescuing Stranded Dog

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For days a dog was stranded on a Hawaiian hillside. When authorities didn’t come through for the dog neighbors refused to let her die and did everything they could to save her.

Neighbors started hearing the dog on Saturday and could still here it howling on Sunday. They couldn’t pinpoint exactly where the dog was on the hill in the Aliamanu Military Reservation, but they knew it needed help. “The dog sounded like it was in distress and it was distressing us,” said Divina Rocco.

Divina’s husband Roy along with some neighborhood kids tried to find the dog several times but with no luck. Roy was determined to help the dog though. “He kept trying to think of different ways and he couldn’t sleep because it felt like he really needed to rescue that dog,” said Divina. On Monday morning Divina and Roy hiked up the other side of the hill and finally were able to spot the dog stuck on a ledge.

The Roccos first tried calling the military police and animal services for help but neither had the right equipment to help the dog. “They pretty much gave up on it,” said Divina. The Roccos weren’t ready to give up though. Roy recruited some of his fellow soldiers from Schofield’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team and using rappelling gear they were able to rescue the dog.

The dog is now safely at the Hawaiian Humane Society. The Roccos are relieved they were able to help the dog and that she is now safe. “I think the dog was probably really scared and would have just stayed there and probably starved,” said Divina. “It breaks my heart to even imagine an animal or any creature to go through that.

9 thoughts on “Neighbors Refuse To Give Up On Rescuing Stranded Dog”

  1. God bless these good samaritans! Looks like a rottie mix with pit. Beautiful dog, I hope she gets a forever home.

  2. Sad thing is that none of the rescuers will be allowed to keep this dog if they want to, becausehis breed type is banned from military bases. Ironic.

  3. So wonderful that they didn’t give up trying to save him… But WHY did they have to take that poor baby to the Hawaiian Humane Society??!! They are far from humane! They kill thousands of dogs a years (dozens everyday!)… Most of these dogs are NOT aggressive and the HHS even admits to putting down dogs that pass their insanely strict testing (which they consider adoptable)! They receiver $2.3 million from the city every year to KILL OUR DOGS! They have assets of over $13 million… They have one of the most expensive pieces of property in town with barely any cages for the adoptable dogs and yet they’ve never made any efforts to expand their facilities or open an additional facility to supplement their intake (they claim they have to kill so many dogs because they take too many in and don’t have enough room for them). HHS is a disgrace.

    • Unfortunately our idiotic government has banned so called “dangerous” breeds from military bases so they did not have a choice

      • HHS sounds like many on the mainland. ‘Rescue’ has become a way to make money and provide a career rather than a way to help the animals and still people give them money.
        The ASPCA still gets millions and yet they kill dogs without mercy.
        Are there no rescue groups?

        • This seems the normal situation now with shelter and rescue places its run purely to put someone in a job, and most have no compassion for animals. And to kill is just path for the course. Its heartbreaking, in this modern day and age that animals are becoming less and less for people to care about. The RSPCA in UK kill a lot of animals but people give regularly. I for one have stopped given to them now.

  4. The only rescue groups on Oahu, simply have lists of private, residential foster homes that they work with… Just about every one will tell you that they are all full or have no openings in their foster programs (pretty much EVER!)… None of them have their own facilities for housing animals. There is the Oahu SPCA, but they are usually insanely overcrowded… so they are known for turning dogs away a lot… and also for reeking like gasoline (they are across the street from a petroleum factory). Very sad.

  5. For some of you who do not know yet, there are people in Hawaii who kill dogs for food. I think this is part of the reason why they are not that much concerned about animal welfare.


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