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"I agree with those who say, "Blame
the deed and not the breed. In most
cases dog attacks are due to ignorance
and or negligence on the part of the
owner," Bonaparte said.
"The populace has been calling for
legislation regarding dangerous dogs.
We support legislation because owners
should be responsible for their ani-
"However, we believe that the leg-
islation should not target specific
breeds, which would result in exter-
minations of some lovely dog
Saying any dog can be dan-
gerous in the hands of negligent
or ignorant dog owners, he said
in the US, for example, the major-
ity of dog attacks that occur were
from Cocker spaniels, Chi-
huahuas and Dachshunds. Bona-
parte said these are often referred
to as toy dogs and lumped into
one category - pompecs.
"What is needed is education
on what makes a healthy, bal-
anced dog. If owners would take
time to understand dog behav-
iour, then we would drastically
lower the amount of dog attacks
that have been occurring across
our nation," he said.
He said the selection of a dog
breed should be a well thought
out decision and it was also
essential to understand the cost
of dog ownership.
Owning a dog, especially one
deemed to be dangerous, is
directly linked to the country s
social s ills, he noted.
With the spiralling crime rate,
low detection and the continued
lack of public confidence in the
Police Service, Bonaparte said
this has driven many people to
purchase pit bulls.
"Everybody wants a pit bull in
their yard and why is that? To
protect themselves and their fam-
ily. So we also have to look at this
issue in the wider social content,"
In a full page advertisement
placed last week in the daily
newspapers, the Ministry of Food
Production said people who are
unable to comply with the reg-
ulations could relinquish own-
ership of their dogs by placing
them in certain shelters.
Food Production Minister
Devant Maharaj said Government
has entered into an arrangement
with the owners of private secu-
rity firms for the renting of ken-
nels. This, he added, would be
done for six months in the first
"By the end of the six months
we expect everyone to have their
dogs regularised. After the six
months we would then examine
the arrangement and take it from
"But we anticipate that some
people would be abandoning their
dogs. We have put measures in
place as best as we could. I am
not saying there would not be
some difficultly...we expect that,"
He said people have been call-
ing 338-8989, as stated on the
ad, for more information on the
shelters. This, the minister said,
was a good indication that people
were interested in complying with
the law rather than wantonly
dumping their animals.
March 25, 2014
Three pit bulls this afternoon attacked
and mauled to death 83-year-old Sylvia
Roberts was after she stepped she
stepped out of her home at Archibald
Street, Tunapuna to check her mail.
August 26, 2013
Liliann Bunsie, 84, was mauled to
death by a pit bull at La Seiva Road,
Maraval. Her relatives tried to fend off
the attack but the dog kept on biting.
August 25, 2011
Jessie Boiselle was found dead in a
ravine at the back of his home at Clovis
Trace, Maraval after being mauled by a
pit bull. He was autistic boy.
Other maulings in 2011
• Alexis Timothy, 39, a father of one
and construction worker, was mauled by
pit bulls outside his home at Ramjass
Trace, San Juan, in July. The dogs
belonged to a neighbour.
• Denise Rackal, 46, a security guard,
was mauled to death by pit bulls in
• Carl Joseph, a father of two, of
Taylor Avenue, Diego Martin, was
attacked at a scrap yard in Four Roads,
Diego Martin. Police shot the dogs while
they were attacking Joseph.
• Ezekiel Renne-Cambridge attacked
by two dogs while walking with his
grandmother near his home in Palmiste,
• Also in February, a 13-year-old
Tobago girl was badly bitten by a pit bull
while on her way home.
August 12th 2013 Pitbulls in their kennels at the home of Lillian Bunsee, who was mauled to death by one of the dogs at her La Seiva Road, Maraval
home. Owners may now have to secure their pit bulls in kennels a lot more secure than this. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
Breed of dogs termed "Class A"
covered by the legislation:
American Pit bull
What are the requirements to own a
dangerous (Class A) dog
Get the dog registered with the
ministry of local government
Get a licence for the dog at the
ministry of local government
Ensure that a vet inserts a prescribed
microchip in the dog
Get the required insurance
(250,000) to ensure that if the dog
attacks or injures someone the
person can be compensated
Ensure property is properly fenced in
accordance with the law
If taking the dog in a public space
ensure it is on the required leash and
muzzle and be officially trained
---Ministry of the
Expect some dumping
Flashback March 25th, Glenroy Roberts removes one of his pit bulls
which was shot dead by police at his Archibald Street, Tunapuna, home.
The dogs attacked and mauled his mother to death.
PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
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