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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, May 17, 2009

Even ghosts should treat animals well

By Leslie Kawamoto

If you get scared talking about ghosts, stop reading.

I like watching SciFi's "Ghost Hunters" and shows on hauntings. Every Monday, I watch A&E's "Paranormal State." This half-hour show details Penn State students visiting homes with paranormal phenomenons. Besides digging into the history of the home, they videotape and record everything that goes on during the night. At the end of the show, they usually find some type of haunting: demon, poltergeist, etc., with the help of a medium.

In one episode, a Maine homeowner asks the students for help. Her dog is spooked all the time and afraid of certain areas in the home.

By talking to neighbors and previous occupants, the Paranormal State team uncovers a string of unusual accidents against dogs had occurred over several decades. All the dogs in the past were hit by cars on a road neighbors say is hardly ever traveled. What are the odds of every dog getting killed in the same way?

As I watched, I got angrier by the minute. Anyone, dead or alive, who hurts animals, makes me mad.

One woman, a relative of the man who lived in that house at the turn of the century, said he hated dogs and was cruel to them. Could it be his spirit torturing the dogs? The show speculates that it might have been a dog spirit, perhaps sending a warning, but did not find any conclusive evidence.

At the end of the show, the owner and her dog move out of the house.

Creepy, yeah?

Animal lover Leslie Kawamoto has been with the Advertiser for 19 years, or 133 in dog years.