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Imagine the pre-holiday rush. Imagine the shopping, the wrapping, the parties, the panic. Now, imagine there is someone missing. Someone dear to you.
This is precisely what happened to Frank and Debbie Manuma of Honolulu, HI, when their beloved dog, Caddy, was stolen from the Moanalua Golf Club on December 16. Mr. Manuma had taken Caddy along on one of his golfing trips and left him leashed to a shackâ€”with water and with the permission of the golf course managementâ€”while he golfed.
Two golf course workers allegedly saw the dog and took him. Caddy was taken to the home of one of the menâ€”who have since been arrested and fired but not yet convicted of animal crueltyâ€”where he was butchered and eaten, but not before he was apparently tortured.
Meanwhile, a sympathetic soul has given the Manumas another dog, whom they plan to name Caddy II.
As of December 20, 2007 the Hawaii Humane Society was offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an animal cruelty conviction in each case. Humane Society officials have asked people with tips to call (808) 356-2247 with information. There is also a web site set up where readers can sign a petition pushing for animal cruelty convictions.
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