Stray dogs will be trapped

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.”

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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.

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  1. As a West Bay resident, I can attest to the fact that these dogs are a HUGE problem, not just for the dangers listed in the article (which are valid) but also because they pose a danger to themselves and to drivers in cars. The roads in West Bay are both narrow and winding — there is often no shoulder or side-walk, just shrubs or trees or a wall set flush against the road. These dogs roam all over, running through the roads creating hazards for drivers.

    I don’t like the plan to euthanize these dogs, but something has to be done.

    It’s a shame that the owners can’t be responsible and keep the dog under control. The best thing to do would be to impose strict fines on any dog owners who let their dogs wander freely. It is the owner’s fault, not the dog’s fault. It’s a shame these animals will pay with their lives just because their owners are selfish, irresponsible aholes.

  2. What kind of traps are you talking about. Not leg traps I hope. Now if the owners of these dogs have been cited and fined before to no avail. So, go to the nexy level. You can attach their wages, deprive them of their privilege to vote, attach their home. Look, why are these dogs always paying for the brutality of violent humans. These dogs are trained to be mean. Don’t you get it. Pitbulls are always the breed of their cruel owners.

  3. This has been a problem for a while and nothing has been done so its good to see that people are finally waking up. But where it says euthanized if not claimed, makes no sense. Most of these dogs that are roaming free have been trapped before and when claimed just released rite back out to do the same thing over again. I know of one example where a dog was caught four times returned to its owner each time and now this dog is still lose and tearing up garbage because the landowner who reported it got tired of calling and having a trap set and the next week the dog was rite back at it again. If they are caught and someone comes to claim them that person should face a stiff fine then the next time they will keep the dog in a properly fenced area or face a prison sentence. I also know people who have a fenced yard but leave the gate open for their dog to roam free and tear up other peoples garbage and use the bathroom in other peoples yard. What is the sense of having a dog if you dont keep it in your yard? Sum one can come and break in if they want to anyway because the guard dog they have is never there.

  4. When they’ve finished cleaning up the strays in West Bay, there’s a few dogs in Snug Harbour to get rid of.
    If people can’t be bothered to get off there backsides to walk them and instead just let them out to roam and crap anywhere they like, then I’ll put them to sleep using the wheels of my car, if they go for me again when I’m out jogging.

  5. When a government body or organization can’t arrive at alternatives, elimination is their only answer. Kill the animals. We should all be ashamed. We are to blame. Mandatory spaying and neutering programs. That’s all we need. Why end the lives of potentially good animals, who could serve in some way with training and love