Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 16th 2014 Contents RADHICA SOOKRAJ
Local government officials from several municipal
and regional corporations are meeting to discuss
the implementation of the Dog Control Act.
The act became law in June but several sections
are yet to be proclaimed and are now before the Leg-
islative Review Committee.
In an interview, vice president of Animals Alive,
Jowelle De Souza, said nothing had been put in place
by Government for the act to be effective. She said
dog owners had been taking their dogs to veterinarians
privately to have their pets tagged with tracking
microchips but no mechanisms were in place to store
She also said people continued to abandon dogs
because no provisions had been made by the regional
corporations to house animals and while some munic-
ipalities had arrangements with the T&T Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TTSPCA),
most did not.
De Souza also lamented that although regional
corporations had to prepare buildings and staff kennels,
nothing had been prepared.
In an interview, chairman of the Penal/Debe
Regional Corporation Premchand Sookoo said CEO
Raymond Seepaul was dealing with the issue and he
did not know what arrangements had been made.
Chairman of the Siparia Regional Corporation Leo
Doodnath said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr
Shivnauth Balkaran was putting things in place.
"In terms of the establishment of dog pounds, we
have not reached there yet. Dr Balkaran has been
mandated to ensure that whatever we have to do
with respect to the requirements of the act will be
done so we will be compliant," Doodnath said.
He said Balkaran was expected to report to the
corporation at its monthly meeting.
San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein also said a
meeting would be held today to discuss the matter,
and $1 million had been allocated to upgrade the San
"Discussions are ongoing to relocate it to Marabella,"
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Local govt bodies
meet on Dog Act
The law separates dogs into two classes---A
Class A is considered the more dangerous
types of dogs---the pitbull terrier, Fila Brasileiro
and the Japanese Tosa and any dog bred from
Class B dogs are all other types of dogs.
The act says the owner of a Class A dog
must have an insurance policy with coverage of
not less than $250,000 for each dog.
These dogs are banned from entering
restaurants or public eating establishments
unless they are guide dogs.
If they go into public places, they must be
properly muzzled and on a leash.
Class A dogs must be licensed for two years.
The law gives local government the power to
take charge of a Class A dog where the owner
cannot meet the requirements of the act.
TWO CLASSES OF DOGS
But in a phone interview Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan said the Dog Control Act was
already law and had been implemented. He said
this was why nobody had been negligent with
their animals since the act was passed.
"The act is operational right now. If you look
at the sections that were proclaimed, you will
see the most important sections were
proclaimed, and that is why we have not had
dangerous dog incidents since those sections
were proclaimed. People know if they are
negligent they will get locked up," Ramlogan
He added that "certain sections of the act
which require regulations, and which have been
drafted, are before the LRC."
AG: ACT ALREADY LAW
Two weeks have passed and no
one has come forward to claim the
partially burnt body of a man who
was found in a drain at Ravine Sable,
And as a result, Central Division
police said they could move no fur-
ther with their investigation. Police
investigators said the case appeared
to be a murder as the killer tried to
conceal any clues by setting the man s
Since the body was discovered on
November 28, it remains at the
Forensic Science Centre. An autopsy
cannot be done until the body is
identified. The cause of death remains
Tractor operator Rennie Ramchar-
ran, 27, of Ricky Trace, was walking
home along Fletcher Road when he
saw the body laying in a drain and
contacted the police.
Police said the man s face was
damaged but he appeared to be in
his early 20s, had a low haircut and
wore no clothes on his upper body.
He was wearing a red pair of denim
pants and sneakers, and had a gold
chain around his neck.
A search of police missing people
database did not match the man s
No id yet on body in drain
The main suspect in the $8 million jewelry
heist in Chaguanas earlier this month was found
hiding in a house in Blanchisseuse over the week-
However, police are yet find his two accomplices
who are believed to have the loot stolen from
Jankie s Jewelry at Plaza 2001.
A report stated that on December 5, three men
climbed through the roof of the mall along Main
Road, Chaguanas, and broke into the store. They
then cut open four safes and stole pieces of gold,
silver and diamond jewelry.
Police were able to obtain the suspect s identity
by evidence left at the crime scene. The 27-year-
old suspect is wanted for other robberies in north
and central Trinidad.
In an operation under Supt Johnny Abraham on
Friday, Central Division CID and Major Crimes
Unit, including Insp Terrence Williams, Sgt Jitindra
Toolaram along with PCs Hosein, Bristol and Khan,
went to the house off Blanchisseuse Road.
Jewelry heist suspect held
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