VIDEO: The mystery of the Saddle Road Dog

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VIDEO: The mystery of the Saddle Road Dog
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Video by Baron Sekiya, Hawaii247.com | Voice of Stephanie Salazar

An unusual sight along the cross-island Saddle Road, and a concern for both motorists and dog lovers alike.

Hawaii 24/7’s Baron Sekiya has been keeping tabs on a mysterious pooch that seems to be living along the remote highway.

This video was taken on Saturday between the 20 and 21 mile markers, and shows the lone dog wandering alongside the road, endangering itself and drivers.

Sekiya reports seeing the dog a few weeks ago. The animal appears friendly, but is skittish and backs off when approached.

Someone has even left a container of water and a pile of dog food on the Mauna Kea side of the road for it.

The Hawaii Island Humane Society says they know about the dog and they have been trying to trap her for weeks, without success.

The dog has been reported twice on the Lost and Found page at the HIHS also in some hunting forums.

To follow the latest in Baron’s investigation, visit the story page at  Hawaii247.com.


  • Fern Gavelek

    Good to know people are looking out for this stray dog-poor thing. Looks like it would make a nice pet.

  • shannon asbeck

    Last week we were on the Big Island visiting from the mainland. Coming back from Waipio, a large black dog wandered in front of us on the main highway. (19, I believe) She/he appeared to not be thinking clearly as she wasn’t ever aware of oncoming traffic. We (and another car with locals) attempted to catch her. We hoped that we could take her to the Humane Society that we had passed on the way to Pa’hoa. We were unsuccessful and eventually had to give up after she ran into the woods. While following her up a hill, we discovered not a corpse but a skeleton of another large dog. We left a sandwich at the base of the hill but obviously this will not sustain her for long. I am concerned that she may have eaten the other dog after it died because the bones were picked clean but the hide lay next to the skeletal remains. I do not know if you have any sort of rescue program but this is my final attempt at helping him/her. The dog did have a brown leather collar. She was very large, likely a lab mix (maybe even great dane mix). Of course, she was thin. I hope that you will be able find help for her…

    Mahalo a nui,


    location: leaving Hilo at exit 35 on left side of road up a hill with dirt tracks. The “driveway” is between a chain link fence and a low black volcanic rock wall.


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