Hunting Dogs Attack Precious Pet on Favorite Aiea Trail

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BY AMANDA MCCRACKEN – Hog hunting dogs viciously attacked my 2-year-old Husky named Nani while I was on a November 26 hike down a favorite trail in Manana Falls in Aiea.

This public trail is traveled by many people with their dogs on a daily basis.  As we were making our way to the end of the trail, only minutes before passing a group with two dogs and another group with another few dogs, this pack of about 6 dogs spotted Nani and chased her as she ran for her life.


We all sprinted to catch up, the owners not in sight.  We could hear her screaming in pain after the dogs finally got to her while we were running to catch up.

As the fastest of us approached them, he found three dogs on her and had to kick them to get the dogs off.  Nani was beat up so bad that she couldn’t get up and was screaming in pain.

Not thinking about anything other than getting her to the hospital, my friend quickly picked her up and carried her to the car.  We could hear the attacked dogs getting beaten by their owners.  We were lucky to be near the end of the trail where we could easily pick her up and walk her to safety.

A police report was not made at the time of the incident because we needed to rush Nani to the veterinary hospital.

The vets worked quick to examine her and assess the damage. About $1,800 later she made it out of surgery.  The doctor stitched up over a dozen puncture wounds and let about another dozen stay open to drain out.

Nani has one broken rib and another cracked one.  Her back leg muscle was torn in half and a major artery was exposed. Had that been ripped she would have died in minutes from loss of blood.  The muscle was reconnected but there is high risk for infection.

If it does get infected the leg will need to be amputated.

Currently, she is stable and will be in the hospital for a few days.  Prognosis is Nani will not be able to walk again for a few weeks and may forever have a limp; that is if her leg doesn’t end up being amputated.

I would like to report this story so people are aware of this danger because I was completely shocked that my dog fell pray to these hog hunters’ dogs.  We have been on this trail at least four other times and never would have thought about this being an issue.

Hunters should be held responsible for controlling their dogs and absolutely never be that close to a public trail- could’ve very easily been a child or any other person, as they are often seen on this beautiful hike.  I am filing a police report and contacting the Hawaii Humane Society today as well.

I am a teacher and this dog is well known at my school.  My students have all met her and past students have seen her grow since she was a puppy.

This incident took a matter of seconds to occur, but the damages will stay with her and the people she loves forever.

Please help me make the community aware of my story so their animals might be saved and hog hunters will stay away from public trails.

Thank you for reading,

Amanda McCracken





    • I’ve been on this trail before and was horrified to hear and see what happend to your Nani. It broke my heart to hear your story and watch it on the news. I’m so sorry. My prayers are with you and Nani and I hope that she will have a safe and speedy recovery. Thank you for sharing your story to the public. It’s unfortunate that the owners of the hunting dogs couldn’t be held liable. On leash or off, no dog should be attacking another. If you ever need a healer to work on your dog, please let me know….at no cost.

  1. Amanda I feel bad for you and Nani and what you went through. This has happened to my black lab when we were at the Ewa Beach park and he got mauled by a pitbull on the beach. The teenage boy walking the pitbull could not control his dog and it got loose and attacked my lab. I think pighunters/dog owners should be able to
    control their dogs at all times. If you are accepting contributions for Nani’s veterinary bill, please let me know.
    BTW, I wrote to the Hawaiian Humane Society about my incident with my Lab and heard nothing back from them.

  2. This is so sickening. I own two big FRIENDLY dogs out here and they love to hike and we shouldn’t have to worry about getting attacked. I always carry my mace and not only would the dogs that attacked mine be getting a faceful, you better believe the hunters would too and then they could thank me that it wasn’t a bullet. I hope your doggie heals up quickly and that the hunters get attacked by their own viscious dogs. This makes me sick to my stomach and absolutly hateful towards these so called “hunters” who obviously are nothing more than low life criminals.

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