Over the past several months West Bay Police Officers and the Community Officer for Beat 11 have received a number of complaints from persons in their communities who have been attacked by ferocious dogs.
In response to these complaints, on Thursday 30 August, Community Officers in West Bay along with officers from the Animal Welfare & Control Unit of the Department of Agriculture (DOA) attended the residence of the offending dog owner and inspected the dogs. On inspection it was discovered that the dogs were of Pitbull mix, a breed which is prohibited under the Animals Law of the Cayman Islands.
The owner, after being informed of the complaints of the community, and understanding the repercussions of having ferocious dogs at large and owning prohibited dogs, relinquished his ownership of six dogs and signed them over to the custody of the DOA to be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Animals Law (2015 Revision).
The RCIPS and DOA would like to remind dog owners that they must be responsible and take measures to ensure that their animals do not pose a danger to members of the public.
“This is just another example of the close partnership approach that continues to be taken in order to tackle local issues that cause concern to the community,” said Superintendent Robert Graham. “I would encourage our local communities to continue to report their concerns to their designated community officers so that they can be addressed swiftly and effectively. Their contact details can be found on the RCIPS website.”
For a list of RCIPS community officers and their contact information, visit https://www.rcips.ky/community/. To report cases of animal cruelty or neglect contact the Department of Agriculture at 947-3090, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the DOA’s website www.doa.gov.ky and click the link ‘Report Animal Cruelty’ (email@example.com). To report dog attacks, ferocious dogs, or dogs dangerously out of control, contact 9-1-1 or the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.