According to “West Hawaii Today” reporter Tom Linder, Hawaii County has “declined to extend Hawaii Rainbow Rangers’ contract.”
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Effective Thursday, 01 July 2021, the Hawaii Rainbow Rangers will no longer serve as the county’s animal control agent.
Hawaii County Police Chief Paul Ferreira tells “West Hawaii Today” reporter Tom Linder there were several reasons why the contract was canceled:
“The decision to not extend the contract with the HRR was based on a myriad of issues, ranging from complaints about the caring of the animals that have been captured and their inability to provide the services required under the contract (i.e. animal control officers, timely responses, etc.).”
Reporter Tom Linder adds that steps are being taken to insure a smooth transition from HRR to other groups willing to help with animal control:
“Moving forward, HPD is working to find organizations to help with the transition away from HRR. A request has been made for HRR to remain in place for at least 30 days to assist in this transition. The Hawaii Island Humane Society has been asked by the county to provide additional resources, as well.”
A temporary moratorium on “animal intake” is now in effect. Non-profit organizations wishing to help in the transition process should call the Hawaii Police Department at 808-935-3311.
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