Security officer shoots, kills family dog at Honolulu airport

Photo: Jadd Matsuda and Leisha Ramos

An investigation is underway after a dog was shot and killed at Honolulu International Airport Tuesday.

It happened just before 7 p.m. near the interisland terminal.

Leisha Ramos says she and her family moved from Hawaii Island to Oahu, and she brought over her 2-year-old pit bull, 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,” she said.

Jadd Matsuda added, “I took the dog out of the kennel and I tied him to the tree because he was in the kennel for like six hours, so he could use the bathroom.”

According to Ramos, a security officer showed up and told them to leave. Somehow, the dog got loose and was shot.

“The next thing you know, my dog is shot on the floor and I’m screaming because blood is gushing out, and I have my daughter in my hands,” Ramos said.

The state Department of Transportation said the incident involved a Securitas officer, but could not release any more information.

Ramos says she’s heartbroken, and her dog was not violent by nature. She said she loved him like a son.

“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,” she said. “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 sheriffs and police officers remained at the scene for hours.

No one else was physically hurt.

We reached out to Securitas, but have not heard back.

Photo: Jadd Matsuda and Leisha Ramos

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