Woman injured in dog attack

A woman needed hospital treatment after reportedly being attacked by four dogs in Prospect on Thursday, police confirmed.

The woman told police she was walking with her own dog along Prospect Drive just after 4 p.m. when she was attacked by the dogs, which emerged from a private residence. She said she believed the dogs were pit bulls.

A hospital spokesman told the Cayman Compass that five patients had been treated in the emergency room for dog bite injuries in the past week.

Lesley Agostinelli, of animal welfare charity Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts, said the incidents illustrate the need for proper enforcement of the Animal Law. She said the legislation contains stiff penalties for people who fail to control their pets, as well as for people who abuse animals. But she said it carries little weight because of a lack of enforcement.

She said an organization similar to the U.K .Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which is responsible for investigating and bringing prosecutions in cases involving animal neglect and abuse as well as failure to control animals, could be helpful in Cayman.

Currently the Department of Agriculture is responsible for investigating incidents involving animals, though the police can also investigate ferocious dog attacks and more serious abuse cases.

Ms. Agostinelli said those organizations have other priorities and it makes sense to have a dedicated animal unitto deal with such complaints.

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  1. I walk on SMB almost every day. On most days I see dogs running loose. I though that was against the law. It can not be good for tourism to have dogs running free.

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