I apologize to my readers for having pulled this story, but due to the nature of events I felt it necessary to try and sort out some of the information and mis-information I received.
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The story is complicated but I will do my best to piece the information together.
I was approached by the Hawaii Humane Society, Jacque LeBlanc several weeks ago and told another Examiner Penny Eims had written an inflammatory story about Hawaiian Humane Society and Rex situation. Rex is the German shepherd that Hawaiian Humane Society adopted out to a family but is Elzbieta’s dog. She raised him from a puppy until he was 8 years old and now another (military) family has him and will not return him. He is not just a dog. He is Elzbietas child, companion and property. I know if my dog were in the same situation that I would stop at nothing to be reunited with him.
I only had Hawaiian Humane Society side of the story and after speaking to Elzbieta I came to the conclusion that something was not quite right with what had previously been presented to me. I was influenced by the Hawaiian Humane Society and being human tended to side with people I had a working relationship with. I made a judgment of Elzbieta and was totally wrong and yes I apologized to her. Jacque LeBlanc and I collaborated on a story. She asked me to post the facts and as I had done in the past felt her information was ‘just a story’ of community interest.
I feel I was given information to publish to settle or counterclaim what had been written in an article that Penny Eims had written. She is from the mainland and they wanted the local Examiner to cover the story. Hawaiian Humane Society was not happy with her article and felt she was attacking them. LeBlanc told me the Hawaiian Humane Society had taken all the proper legal steps in this case. (You decide)
I was invited to listen in to the meeting between Elzbieta and the Hawaiian Humane Society on speaker phone. Hawaiian Humane Society was attempting to settle the dispute over Rex and show how they had taken the proper steps concerning Rex’s adoption. During the interview I could hear Elzbieta sobbing and saying “all she wanted was her baby back, no questions asked.” Keoni Vaughn said he had asked the family twice and they had refused to return Rex on both occasions.He said he would not contact them again but by the end of the meeting said he would ask the one more time to return Rex.. He said he did not want to harass them. The reasons they gave for keeping Rex were:
a) They would think about it first (after several days of having Rex)
b) They felt Rex was part of their family and went everywhere with them(that was after 2 months)
c) They wanted to be sure Elzbieta could provide a stable home for him (are they qualified to do this?)
Elzbieta went on a humanitarian mission to Africa and could not take her dogs. She left them in the care of her ex-boyfriend (MM) who loved the dogs. Rex had gotten out of the yard and ended up at the Hawaiian Humane Society. In her absence Robert P (her friend) brought it to the attention of Hawaiian Humane Society that the ex boyfriend MM was involved in a domestic violence relationship with Elzbieta and that MM was not fit to care for Rex. Robert P. had worked for Hawaiian Humane Society prior to this issue concerning Rex.
The Hawaiian Humane Society knew someone was claiming Rex and still adopted him out. Elzbietas ex-boyfriend (MM) came to get before Rex was adopted and was turned away by Hawaiian Humane Society and asked to provide documents to prove he was in charge of Rex. He was allowed to visit Rex and pet him and told Rex “daddy would be back to pick him up later”. He returned the next day and was told it was too late because Robert P had picked him up. This is the part that really disturbs me. In reality the Hawaiian Humane Society had adopted him out and not given him to Robert P the ex-boyfriend (MM) was told.
Hawaiian Humane Society purports to foster dogs whose owners are injured or involved in domestic violence. In this case they could have contacted the police or other authorities; perhaps contacted a local women’s shelter to collaborate Roberts’s story. If this was not the “typical” case as Keoni Wagner said in the meeting, then why didn’t they treat it differently? Rex could have been fostered until they were able to sort out the details or for Hawaiian Humane Society to contact Elzbieta by email. During this time of Rex captivity she was contacted by Robert and told that Rex was in the Hawaiian Humane Society but he was picking him up and things were taken care of. (more confusion here)
Unfortunately, the Hawaiian Humane Society made some judgments early on that may be costly to them. If this family does not return Rex there may be litigation and that will be monies from Hawaiian Humane Society that could be used to help animals. They are forcing Elzbieta to take action and have dragged this out too long. Elzbieta justs wants her dog.
I feel the bottom line is that Rex should be returned to his dog-mother Elzbieta. Their bond is so strong and no one can take that away.
I feel that the family who has him will do the right thing and return Rex. If this was reversed and they wanted their beloved pet returned I think they might feel the same. No doubt they love Rex, but he is not their child (dog). If you feel strongly on this issue leave a comment here or on the following links. Bring Rex home.
Hawaiian Humane Facebook
Penny Eims Examiner Story on Rex: