We at the Caymanian Compass feel the same
outrage and disgust that many of our readers do when we hear about numerous
cases of dog poisonings that have killed beloved pets around Grand Cayman.
There is nothing on this Earth that will
excuse the behaviour of tossing a paraquat-laden piece of meat into someone’s
backyard in the hopes that an unsuspecting animal will eat it and die.
However, we also understand – in certain
cases – why this occurs. Again, there is no excusing that criminal behaviour,
but we understand.
All over Grand Cayman, there are examples
of how pet owners act irresponsibly. Here’s a scenario: Someone buys a puppy
for their child. The child plays with it for a little while, then gets bored
and leaves it alone. The parents don’t want to be burdened with taking care of
the animal and leave it to wander around outside. The pet – now left to its own
devices – barks all the time, chases cats and chickens, runs after cars/bikers
in the street etc., etc., etc.
Anyone who has lived in the Cayman Islands
for any length of time has sometimes run across these animals; often they are
loose in the streets. Sometimes drivers have to take quick evasive action to
avoid hitting them with their cars. Sometimes those drivers just hit the
animals and keep going; we’ve seen this happen even by our office building.
Rarely, if ever, does anyone bother to spay
or neuter the pet. So a few months later a mama dog shows up bearing a litter
of pups that are now, officially, “no one’s problem”.
Frustrated homeowners and residents then
make bad decisions regarding how to deal with the dogs, which can sometimes
lead to poisoning.
Excuses from irresponsible or lazy pet
owners don’t cut it. Take care of your pets; spay and neuter the animals, keep
them on a lead, feed and care for them properly. If you do not, you are every
bit as deserving of a fine or criminal citation as the individual who poisoned
these helpless animals.