Packs of wild dogs and ferocious breeds are terrorizing West Bay, according to residents of the district.
At a community meeting Thursday night, residents expressed concern about the growing numbers of stray dogs and an increase in “bad dogs” living as pets in the area.
West Bay Police Station Area Commander chief inspector Harlan Powery said officers had received 27 calls about ferocious dogs in the district this year.
“Most of the statistics relating to ferocious dogs are incidents in which members of the public were attacked by dogs with owners who fail to secure their animals,” Mr. Powery said.
“The emerging problem is that we are seeing packs of the more aggressive breeds of dogs like pit bulls roaming in the district. The Department of Agriculture has quite a comprehensive approach to dealing with this issue,” he said. “I have requested the Department of Agriculture to set traps in the district of West Bay.”
Once trapped, the animals will be euthanized if no one claims them, he said.
Earlier this month, a pack of six wild dogs jumped over a 4-foot fence and broke into a resident’s back yard in West Bay before attacking and killing a pet cat.
Katie O’Neil said she peered out of her blinds around 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 to see a wild dog holding her cat in its mouth while another dog grabbed onto its hind legs.
“They tore her legs out of its hip socket,” Ms. O’Neil said. “They would have killed her if I hadn’t run out of the yard.”
Despite almost $1,000 in vet bills, the 10-year-old pet could not be saved.
Mrs. O’Neil said she feared the pack would strike again.
“If there was a little child in the yard, and for some reason they felt like attacking that child – then what are you going to do?”
She said she wanted to find a solution, and suggested residents start a telephone hotline so they could report any sightings of the pack.
“We need to figure out where are they going, how often are they going there, and start piecing this puzzle together, to really solve it and come up with a solution,” she said.
Following the incident earlier this month, Department of Agriculture officials confirmed receiving three requests from West Bay residents to set up dog traps in West Bay. Officials advised they would continue to monitor the area.
From March 2013 to April 2014 there were 27 cases in which people were charged by the courts for having a ferocious and dangerous dog, the Director of Public Prosecutions said.
Cayman Compass reporter Samantha Bonham contributed to this article.