Animal rights activists speaking up for animals that can't speak for themselves. 

More than a dozen people lined up along the Humane Society with colorful signs, demanding justice for their furry friends. 

“We need to change, we’re asking for an independent investigation and we need a new CEO,” Sarah Worth, people for animals first, said.

This, after the group complained to the Humane Society Board for euthanizing too many adoptable animals. Worth was a former employee at the society and she claims she was fired last year because she was trying to save kittens.

“It's hard to believe that we would actually put down kittens that are treatable and dogs that are treatable so it took me months to finally see with my own eyes and finally believe that this was really happening,” Worth said.

Cathy Goeggel also worked at the society back in the 1980s. She said mismanagement problems have been around since then. 

"Board of directors who aren't transparent. Who are really running this place like a prison. People who are trying to save lives aren't supported,” Goeggel said.

The Hawaiian Humane Society responded to the protest in a statement, saying: 

“While our euthanasia rates are at historic lows, our goal has always been to reduce euthanasia to as close to zero as we can. This is why we opened our new spay and neuter center in October 2018. Spaying and neutering is proven to reduce the number of unwanted animals and will help us to bring down our euthanasia rates to even lower levels. We know we can achieve this if we work together as a community.”

HHS provided separate data on dog and cat euthanization since 1993. Our analysis of the numbers found the lowest rates for each respectively was in 2015. That year, 67 percent of all cats admitted were euthanize, while 22 percent of all dogs admitted were euthanize.

As a comparison, in 2018, 69 percent of cats and 25 percent of dogs were euthanize.