A man was arrested, and subsequently bailed, last week on suspicion of killing a dog at West Bay Public Beach.
The German Shepherd mix belonged to 14-year-old Jimmall Facey, who said the dog was killed and thrown into the sea on Sunday, Aug. 2, at West Bay Public Beach. Police say the incident occurred at 5:58 p.m.
“A teenage boy was playing and bathing his dog in the sea at West Bay Public Beach when he noticed the suspect, who he knows, driving [by] the beach and looking in his direction,” said Chief Inspector Raymond Christian.
The suspect is a 56-year-old West Bay resident who faces animal cruelty charges after allegedly killing the young boy’s dog, named King. A person found guilty of committing an offense of cruelty to animals under the Animals Law (2011 Revision) is liable upon conviction to a maximum fine of $4,000 and one year imprisonment.
“The boy put the dog on its leash and sped off on his bicycle whilst holding the dog’s leash. The boy noticed the suspect when he turned his vehicle around and headed in his direction. He released the dog’s leash, so that he could ride faster whilst the dog ran behind him. He rode a distance and when he looked back, he did not see his dog,” said Mr. Christian.
The teenager said he went back to look for the dog and saw two people near the beach with the animal. “I went back looking for him, and I seen him with my dog, they broke the dog’s neck with the car … and they threw him into the water.”
“When they left and I went back and jumped off the dock, swam out and grabbed my dog, and started swimming back in, and right away I picked up the dog and rode off with the dog in my hands,” he added.
His mother Julet said her son used to take King to the beach every Sunday.
“He’s still emotional right now. He loves dogs, he had this dog from when this little dog was three weeks old,” said Ms. Facey.
After the family notified the police, they also contacted the Humane Society, according to staff.
“[I] received a call from the mother the morning after it happened. She said she had called the police, and had been in touch with Mr. Green at the Department of Agriculture but she wanted to get this out in the public,” said Darlene McCann, kennel staff supervisor.
Police say the investigation into the animal killing is ongoing and the suspect is set to return to the West Bay Police Station on Aug. 30.