Dogs were rescued on Maui whose paws were burned to the bone.

Animal rescuers on Maui have seen horribly injured pets – including dogs with paws burned to the bone – after they were pulled from the smoldering debris of the wildfires that have killed more than 100 people.

The deadliest wildfire in the United States in more than a century has also killed and injured hundreds of domestic animals. An estimated 3,000 animals are still reported missing at the epicenter in Lahaina.

“We’ve seen animals that came through our shelter with severe, severe burns,” said Katie Shannon of the Maui Humane Society.

“We’ve seen dogs with their paws practically burned to the bone from escaping the fire.”

Staff treating the animals bandaged badly burned animals, including one dog, who was wrapped paw to waist, while others used surgical forceps to remove dirt from a puppy’s paws.

Nicole Comey was reunited with her dog Roman after he was burned in the Hawaii wildfires.
Some dogs had their paws burned to the bone while fleeing the inferno that burned down the city of Lahaina last week.
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In addition to dogs and cats, the Humane Society also cares for lovebirds, guinea pigs and rabbits. One chicken had both burned claws wrapped in blue medical tape.

“We even have a pig here,” Shannon said.

This photograph, provided by the Maui Humane Society, was published during the week of August 9, 2023.  An injured dog is treated at the Maui Humane Society in Lahaina.
An estimated 3,000 animals from the city of Lahaina, which bore the brunt of the inferno, are still missing.

This photograph, provided by the Maui Humane Society, was published during the week of August 9, 2023.  An injured pet is taken to the Maui Humane Society.
Animal rights activists are working with Maui police to enter the fire area in search of missing pets.

A dog is seen at the Maui Humane Society
Pets were brought in with burns and smoke inhalation.
Maui Humane Society

Dozens of feeding stations with food and water have been set up across the burned city to lure frightened pets out of hiding so they can be taken to an animal shelter where they can be treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

An injured bird with bandaged claws
Vets in Lahaina have also treated chickens, lovebirds, guinea pigs and even a pig.

Animal transport boxes are stacked in front of the Maui Humane Society
Animal rescuers plan to expand their search for missing pets as recovery efforts continue.

Any animals found will be checked for identification and scanned for a microchip so owners can be contacted. The Maui Humane Society has requested that dead animals not be moved or destroyed so that they can be cataloged and checked for identification.

“But that’s just the beginning,” Shannon said. “People need to understand that we are in the middle of this situation. And, you know, there’s a harsh reality coming.”

Workers move a body bag containing human remains from a refrigerated truck at the Maui Police Department Forensic Facility August 15, 2023 in Kahului, Hawaii.
A mobile morgue was used to identify human remains.
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The death toll from the wildfires, fueled by dry conditions and a distant hurricane, rose to 106 on Tuesday, but only a handful of victims have been identified.

Maui County released the names of two victims: Lahaina residents Robert Dyckman, 74, and Buddy Jantoc, 79. They are the first of five identified so far.

A mobile morgue unit was deployed to help identify remains with the help of coroners, pathologists and technicians deployed by the US Department of Health and Human Services, said Jonathan Greene, the agency’s deputy assistant secretary of response.

Greene warned that it would be “a very, very difficult mission” due to the number of casualties and asked for “patience.”

Search parties inspect the Wahikuli Terrace neighborhood in the fire-ravaged town of Lahaina on the island of Maui in the state of Hawaii, the United States, Aug. 15, 2023.
The death toll from Maui’s wildfires rose to 106 on Tuesday, but few of the victims have been identified.

So far, a little more than a third of the burned area has been searched with cadaver dogs, Maui County said.

Families with missing loved ones have been asked to provide DNA samples. So far, 41 samples have been submitted, the county statement said, and 13 DNA profiles have been obtained from remains.

Hawaii Gov. Josh Green warned numerous more bodies could be found.

Speaking to Hawaii News Now, Greene said children were among the dead: “If the bodies are smaller, we know it’s a child.”

He described some of the sites searched as “too much to share or see just from a human perspective.”

A week into the fires, some residents were suffering from disrupted power, unreliable cell phone service and uncertainty about where to get help.

A general view of damaged structure in the fire-ravaged town of Lahaina on the island of Maui in the state of Hawaii, the United States, August 15, 2023.
So far, only about a third of the fire area has been searched with cadaver dogs.

According to the Red Cross, 575 evacuees were spread across five emergency shelters on Monday. Green said thousands of people would need shelter for at least 36 weeks.

He said Tuesday about 450 hotel rooms and 1,000 Airbnb rentals would be made available. Around 2,000 households and businesses still have no electricity.

President Joe Biden has come under criticism for his lack of response to the disaster and could only say on Tuesday that he and first lady Jill Biden would visit “as soon as we can.”

With post wires


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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