Police officers responded to several ferocious dog reports over the weekend in different areas around Cayman. These reports primarily involved attacks on other dogs, and in all instances the dogs involved were confirmed not to be strays.
Officers responded to three ferocious dog reports last Friday alone, two of which were in George Town and one in Bodden Town. On Sunday a report was received in West Bay. In two of these reports dogs roamed from the property of their owners and attacked dogs on other property; in one case a dog reported bit a passerby through the window of a car, causing minor injury that was treated at the hospital.
Dog owners in two of the incidents have been located and warned; in one case parties involved were in discussion regarding compensation. Referrals were also made to the DoA for all reports.
“Often owners are shocked to learn that their dogs have attacked other dogs or bitten someone,” said Brian Crichlow, Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture. “But what must be remembered is that your dog may behave quite differently around others than how it behaves with you. Don’t put other people or dogs at risk by allowing your dog to roam freely about the neighbourhood; you are responsible under the law.”
Police and DoA Animal Welfare officers are continuting their joint neighbourhood walkthroughs this week to distribute educational material and also enforce the law.