Watch out for wandering livestock


It was the afternoon of
24 December, smack in the middle of the last-minute holiday season shopping

Drivers who were already
hampered by construction on Elgin Avenue around the new government office
building had another obstacle to manoeuvre around: A cow.

A fully grown, light
brown bovine was standing in the centre of the under- construction roadway – there
was no way drivers could move around her. After standing stock-still for about
a minute, the cow walked over to the sidewalk in front of the Government
Administration Building and then wandered over to Cricket Square before running
back across the street.

At one point, a woman
tugging on the rope tied around the cow’s neck noted he had gotten loose from
where it had been tied up. She was eventually able to corral him back onto the
property across the road. Police responded to the scene, but by then the cow
had been rounded up.

A similar roundup was
conducted by Department of Agriculture crews in late September.

Department staff
captured one horse as it roamed along the road near CUC, as well as a goat,
which had wandered into the Compass Centre car park and the Esso petrol station
on Shedden Road.

Neither animal was hurt,
and both were safely corralled by agriculture department workers.

Another recent incident
provided a more serious example of the problem with loose livestock in what is
now the heavily travelled urban commerce centre of Grand Cayman.

On Wednesday, 19
January, a horse was killed by a driver along Walkers Road.

According to the Royal
Cayman Islands Police Service, a 49-year-old woman was driving a Ford Taurus
south along Walkers Road around 5.30pm. As the car approached the Mulberry
Drive area, officers said, a horse that was being trained by its owner broke
loose and ran into the road.

The car and the horse
collided, killing the animal. The driver 
was not hurt.

RCIPS Chief Inspector
Angelique Howell said the Cayman Islands Animals Law makes it a criminal
offence for an animal owner to allow it to stray onto a highway and provides
for a penalty of up to $500 upon conviction.

The Agriculture
Department has the ability to auction livestock that are impounded by the
government. Proceeds from those auctions go to the general fund of the Cayman
Islands government.

If the auctions are not
successful, the animals can be slaughtered and sold to charity; those
regulations would only apply to livestock such as cattle, goats or pigs.


A fully grown bovine stood in the centre of the under- construction roadway – there was no way drivers could move around her. Photo: Brent Fuller


  1. Why are the drivers responsible for watching out for wandering livestock?! Why is the onus not put on the owners to provide adequate shelter / general care for their animals instead of tying them up to a tree on the side of the road.

    It should be made illegal to leave an animal tied up to a tree on the side of the road with no shelter, food or water. You are promoting animal abuse.

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