Everyone enjoys a nice walk through our beautiful Community, but nobody enjoys loose and/or aggressive dogs spoiling their day. Hawai'i County has laws and Leilani Estates as Covenants & Restrictions (CC&Rs) that prohibit dogs off-leash.
SAFETY FIRST! AGGRESSIVE DOGS SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY REPORTED TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY (966-5458) AND/OR THE POLICE NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER (935-3311). THIS CAN BE DONE EVEN IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO GET A PHOTO. BE SAFE ! ! ! It has also been recommended that you carry an air horn with you to dissuade dogs from approaching you. You can also use a walking stick or an umbrella to fend off aggressive dogs, if necessary.
We also recommend that you carry a cell phone/camera with you to capture the image of the loose dog in the street. If you can determine where the dog lives, follow-up can be made with the Hawai'i Island Humane Society.
You can fill out an online Dog Issue form, by going HERE . The form also gives you the capability of uploading photos. After completing the form, it will be sent automatically to the LENW Dog Issue Coordinators, the LCA office, and to the Keaau Humane Society office. If you would rather not complete the online form, you can email the photos and the address where the incident happened to firstname.lastname@example.org and to email@example.com
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Section 4-24. Noisy dogs. (a) No person shall keep any dog which barks, bays, cries, howls or makes any other noise continuously or incessantly for a period of ten minutes or barks, bays, cries, howls or makes any other noise intermittently for a period of twenty minutes within a thirty-minute period of time to the disturbance of any person at any time of day or night and regardless of whether the dog is physically situated in or upon private property. (b) A dog shall not be deemed a noisy dog for purposes of this section if, at the time the dog is barking or making any other noise, a person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property in or upon which the dog is situated or for any other legitimate cause which teased or provoked the dog. Such action is declared to be a public nuisance and detrimental to the public health and welfare. (1983 CC, c 4, art 4, sec 4-24; am 1992, ord 92-109, sec 1.)4-24
Section 4-25. Noisy dog; reasonable attempts to reduce noise; penalties. (a) Any person disturbed by a noisy dog shall make a reasonable attempt to advise the owner or custodian who keeps such dog of this fact. Reasonable attempts for notification include by letter, email, visit to the owner or custodian, or any other legal method. If the person disturbed by a noisy dog is unable to notify the owner or custodian of the noisy dog, or after notifying the owner or custodian, the nuisance is not abated, the person disturbed by the noisy dog may then notify the appropriate enforcement agency. (b) The owner or custodian of a noisy dog that causes a disturbance as provided in section 4-24 shall be guilty of a violation of this section: (1) If after being advised of the disturbance per subsection (a), the owner or custodian of a noisy dog does not take immediate and effective action to abate the nuisance; or (2) If the appropriate enforcement agency is notified and responds to a complaint of a noisy dog and the nuisance is not abated. (c) There shall be a penalty of $25 for the first violation of this section. The second violation has a penalty of $75, the third $100, and any subsequent violation $200. (1983 CC, c 4, art 4, sec 4-25; am 1992, ord 92-109, sec 1; am 1996; ord 96-105, sec 1; am 2011, ord 11-48, sec 1.)4-25