The Little Fire Ant infestation on Hawai‘i Island may be hurting dogs and cats. Reports say that bites from the ants may be causing a clouding of the eyes of pets, sometimes leading to partial blindness. Animal advocates say the condition is called tropical keratopathy and is found in tropical and semi-tropical places, especially where there are Little Fire Ants. While the link has not been proven, advocates say more research is needed.
An animal welfare advocate group called The Good Shepard Foundation is hosting a public meeting this Wednesday to discuss the issue. Sydney Singer is the foundation’s director.
The community meeting takes place on Wednesday from 6-8pm at the Pāhoa Community Center. More information can be found at fireanteye.org.