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Although the San Fernando pound has
been closed down permanently, dog catchers
are still on the job rounding up injured stray
dogs to put to sleep.
At least three dogs have already been put
down and vice-president of Animals Alive
Jowelle Taylor de Souza is appealing for an
adoption drive to begin soon so the strays
can be rehabilitated and rehomed.
De Souza said she was appalled to hear
that the dog catchers are capturing strays in
Marabella. In addition, three sanitation work-
ers were spotted roaming Chancery Lane and
High Street in San Fernando searching for
"I want to know what is happening with
these dogs. I have started my own investi-
gation and I am really upset that the city has
not started the adoption drive, yet they are
still catching and killing dogs," De Souza
said. She called on San Fernando Mayor
Kazim Hosein to say why the animals were
Contacted for comment, Hosein said the
dog pound at Lady Hailes Avenue is closed
and directed questions to City Corporation
CEO Indarjit Singh. The CEO said only injured
dogs are being picked up and they are being
taken to the city veterinarian for treatment.
Sanitation foreman Gerard Ramarack, who
is in charge of the San Fernando dog-catching
unit, said the drive started last Thursday fol-
lowing complaints from burgesses that injured
stray dogs are causing a public health hazard.
Ramarack said three animals were put to
sleep because the veterinarian determined
that they were too sick to be rehoused.
He said they were not sent to the Animals
Alive sanctuary because that facility is at
capacity and cannot take in any more dogs.
However, this was denied by De Souza who
said if the city did an adoption drive there
would be space for at least 30 more strays.
City Medical Officer of Health Dr Navi
Muradali said the adoption drive was pushed
back because of the Haiti chairity initiative.
It is now planned for next month.
Two men in their early 20s have been
arrested for killing Mohandass Ramasir
during a robbery at Tajudeen s Bar on
Cipero Road, last Friday.
The suspects, who live close to the bar,
spent the weekend being interrogated by
officers of the Region Three Homicide
Police said Ramasir, 62, of Balisier Avenue,
Pl santville, was liming at the bar at around
24 pm when three robbers entered the
They forced patrons to lie on the ground
nd robbed them of an undisclosed sum
f cash, cell phones and jewelry.
Police said before leaving one of the
unmen fired a shot hitting Ramasir in
he hip. He was taken to the San Fernando
General hospital where he died.
Police said the robbers were unmasked
and they have obtained video surveillance
footage from the scene.
Once investigations are completed,
a senior officer is expected to make
recommendations to the Director of
Public Prosecutions for charges to be
An autopsy is due to be done on Ramasir s
body at the Forensic Science Centre today.
• Anyone with information on the mur-
der can contact the San Fernando Homi-
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, October 31, 2016
stray dogs in
Parents of pupils at the Cumuto Pres-
byterian Primary School are appealing to
Education Minister Anthony Garcia to
either have the school repaired or provide
alternative accommodation for classes.
The school has been closed since Sep-
tember 16 because of health and safety con-
cerns over a leaking roof, waterlogged ceil-
ings, and bat and rat infestations.
Radica Beharry, president of school s PTA,
said the pupils have had only one full week
of classes and a week of half days since the
start of the term and parents are not being
told when classes will resume.
"All we are being told by the principal is
that work will begin next week. That is the
same answer parents are getting from the
supervisors in the North Eastern Educational
District," she said
Beharry complained that officials at the
the Ministry of Education office in Sangre
Grande were discourteous and unwilling to
answer her queries when she went there
seeking answers recently.
One parent said when she contacted Gar-
cia he told her he had no information on
the situation at the school but promised to
look into the matter.
for action on
Election and Boundaries Commission (EBC)
security guard Kimraj Roop helps Ann Gomez
locate her name on the revised electoral list at the
EBC's office on Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain.
PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
CHECKING THE LIST
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