The Cayman Islands Department of
Environmental Health reports that one of its garbage collectors was attacked
and injured by a loose dog last month.
The man was hospitalised for his
injuries and placed on leave to recover.
The department is asking dog owners
to confine their animals in secure areas to avoid endangering department staff.
“At DEH we are most concerned about
the situation,” said Director Roydell Carter. “Our workers should not have to
worry about being attacked by animals during the course of their duties.
“This matter is under
investigation, but meanwhile, we are seeking cooperation from the public. If
there appears to be a threat, we will leave garbage uncollected.”
According to the Animals Law (2003)
section 40, it is the responsibility of every dog owner to ensure that the
animal does not injure anyone. Failure to comply may lead to charges being
brought against the owner.