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Leisha Ramos and her family were moving to Oahu from the big island of Hawaii when they went to the Honolulu Airport to pick up the last family member, their 2-year old pit bull mix, Kaiele.
“(My boyfriend) picked up the dog from Aloha Cargo, and then picked me up. And then when I got off the plane, I walked out to the side of the truck and he already had the dog tied up to a tree, to a palm tree right on the side, right next to the truck, so he could make room for the rest of my luggage,” Ramos told KHON.
Ramos’ boyfriend, Jadd Matsuda said when he picked up Kaiele, he had been in his kennel for more than 6 hours and needed to use the bathroom. While he waited for Leisha and her infant daughter to collect their luggage and meet him, Matsuda tied Kaiele to a tree near the parked truck while he made room for her luggage inside the vehicle.
Ramos explained that a security guard showed up and asked them to leave. It was then that Kaiele somehow got loose and was shot and killed by the Securitas airport security officer.
Heartbroken, Ramos said, “My dog was a good dog. I was sitting on the ground with my dog and my dog was just laying down on grass. He wasn’t even hurting anybody or trying to get to anybody. There was a lot of people on the side saying the dog wasn’t aggressive and he wasn’t. He runs away from chihuahuas. I can take him to parks. I lay my daughter next to him.”
State police arrived and stayed on scene for several hours after the shooting. The Hawaii Department of Transportation confirmed the incident involved a Securitas officer, but could not release any more information.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.