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Suspended sentence, community service in animal-cruelty case

A woman at the centre of what is believed to be the largest-ever animal-cruelty case in Cayman has been given a 50-day suspended sentenced, 180 hours of community service, a 10-year ban on owning any animal and a $12,000 compensation order.
Havana, an 8-year-old dog, belonging to the Yates family in West Bay, was one of several dogs who died after being poisoned in West Bay on Wednesday.

Lab tests inconclusive on dog poisonings

Samples sent to a laboratory that local vets had hoped would identify what poisoned several dogs last year have returned inconclusive results.
Havana, an 8-year-old dog, belonging to the Yates family in West Bay, was one of several dogs who died after being poisoned in West Bay on Wednesday.

Owners tell of horror of watching poisoned dogs suffer

At least five cases of dogs falling ill due to suspected poisoning were reported in West Bay on Wednesday. Another two cases were reported on Thursday.

DoA probes report of animal cruelty during storm

The Department of Agriculture is investigating at least one report of animal abuse over the weekend, stemming from a photo shared on social media appearing to show a dog chained up in standing flood water.
Cayman’s courts have ramped up their emergency contingency plan to counter COVID-19 issues.

Man found guilty of animal cruelty

A Bodden Town businessman who caused a dog to lose an eye after denying it adequate veterinary care, has been convicted of one count of animal cruelty after a two-day trial in Summary Court.

Sentencing proceedings delayed in animal-cruelty case

Sentencing proceedings for a woman facing animal-cruelty charges have been delayed over a dispute about the facts of a plea deal.
Police say 53 dogs were being held in dangerous conditions at a residence in Prospect.

Prospect woman admits to animal cruelty

The trial of a Prospect woman at the centre of what is believed to be the largest-ever animal-cruelty case was called off Wednesday, after she changed her plea to guilty.
Cayman’s courts have ramped up their emergency contingency plan to counter COVID-19 issues.

Dead dog lands woman in court

A North Side woman appeared before Summary Court on Friday to answer a charge of cruelty to an animal. According to court documents, on 23 July, the Department of Agriculture received a report of a suspected case of animal cruelty at Brown’s home. When DoA officers arrived, Brown informed them that the dog had died, and directed them to the animal.

Woman faces animal cruelty charges

A dog owner denied five charges of animal cruelty, relating to 53 dogs, in the Summary Court on Wednesday.

Woman headed to court on animal cruelty charges

Sylvia Felicity Lewis, 55, has been charged with five counts of animal cruelty in what is believed to be Cayman’s largest-ever seizure of abused dogs.
DoA Staff with dogs groomed by Must Love Dogs

Happy ending for 42 dogs seized in animal cruelty case

In May, the Department of Agriculture confiscated 53 dogs from a Prospect home. Shortly after the seizure, an outbreak of the parvo virus – a deadly, incurable and highly contagious canine disease –forced the DoA to quarantine their kennels.

Father and son sentenced over injured dog

Andrei James Challenger and James Rolin Challenger were convicted and sentenced Thursday for their roles in caring for a dog named Dora that suffered extensive burns in May 2017.

69 animal cruelty or neglect cases reported in 2018

The Department of Agriculture dealt with 69 reports of animal cruelty or neglect in 2018 and recommended five of those cases to be put forward for prosecution.

Man pleads guilty to cockfighting charge

A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of cockfighting in violation of Cayman’s Animals Law.

Dog wounding case back in court

Two men accused of being involved in the wounding of a dog named Dora in May 2017 were back in court Tuesday.

Dog raid highlights animal welfare issues

Animal welfare advocates were horrified by the photos published last week when police and Department of Agriculture officials raided a Prospect home and recovered 53 small dogs being housed in unsanitary conditions.

Cops, Department of Agriculture bust cockfighting ring

A joint operation by police and Department of Agriculture officers has led to the arrest of a Bodden Town resident on suspicion of animal cruelty.
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16 shih tzu dogs removed from home

The Department of Agriculture removed 16 shih tzu dogs, aged between one and three years old, from a home in George Town.

Another delay in trial over burned dog

Andrei James Challenger and James Rolin Challenger, two men charged in an animal cruelty case involving a dog named Dora that suffered extensive burns, had their trial date put off Monday for the second time.
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Dog injured in attack

Police are investigating a case in which a man allegedly used a knife to injure a dog in West Bay.

Animal cruelty case results in conditional discharge

A West Bay man was sentenced to a conditional discharge Monday for a pair of animal cruelty charges stemming from an incident in which a dog suffered chemical burns last August.

Dog shot in West Bay

Police are investigating the shooting of a dog in its owner’s yard on Powell Smith Road in West Bay.

West Bay man pleads guilty on third animal charge

A West Bay resident who had previously pleaded guilty Monday to two cases of animal cruelty pleaded guilty to failing to keep his dog under control. Desland St. Aubyn Bailey will next appear in Summary Court on July 23 for sentencing on all three matters.

Trial date set for Dora duo in animal cruelty case

Andrei James Challenger and James Rolin Challenger, the pair of men charged in an animal cruelty case involving a dog named Dora, appeared in court and had their trial date set on Thursday.

Animal cruelty charges brought against police constable

A 26-year-old George Town man has been charged with one count of animal cruelty following a Department of Agriculture investigation into an incident from December of last year.

Wounded dog left for days without care

A tiny terrier found with infected puncture wounds, virtually starved and with painfully matted fur, is on the mend after being rescued by an animal charity.

Duo charged in dog cruelty case receive new court date

Andrei James Challenger and James Rolin Challenger, who are charged in the animal cruelty case involving a dog named Dora, appeared in Summary Court on Thursday where they received a new court date.

Trial date delayed for Dora duo

Andrei James Challenger and James Rolin Challenger, the two men charged in the case involving a dog named Dora that suffered extensive burns last May, appeared in Summary Court on Thursday.

Animal cruelty case delayed

Desland St. Aubyn Bailey will have to wait a little longer before learning his sentence for a pair of animal cruelty charges relating to a dog named Rufus.
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Police push for responsible dog ownership

“Education and enforcement” is how officials plan to tackle the problem of people mistreating their dogs and letting them roam the streets unsupervised, according to Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Inspector Courtney Myles.

One out of 105 animal cruelty cases prosecuted

Out of more than 100 Department of Agriculture reports of animal cruelty and neglect cases in the past two years, one case has resulted in charges being filed in Summary Court.

Duo plead not guilty in animal cruelty case

Andrei James Challenger and James Rolin Challenger, the two men charged in an animal cruelty case involving a dog named Dora, pleaded not guilty to five assorted offenses in Summary Court on Tuesday.

Man charged with animal cruelty

Trial has been set in January for a man facing charges of common assault; damage to property; causing harassment, alarm or distress; and cruelty to animals. Ezekiel Nelson Carter pleaded not guilty in July.

Arrest made in burned dog case

An individual has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty in relation to the dog that was brought to the Cayman Islands Humane Society in August with burns from his head to the middle of his back.

Another dog brought to Humane Society with extensive 2nd-degree burns

Another dog – the second in three months – has been brought to the Cayman Islands Humane Society with an extensive burn injury. The most recently injured dog, Rufus, was brought in last Tuesday and immediately sent to Island Veterinary Services for treatment.

Seven puppies found dumped in plastic bag

Wrapped in a garbage bag and left for dead, seven tiny week-old puppies were rescued after being discovered by a workman who stopped to have his lunch at a secluded spot in West Bay.
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Man arrested in dog burning case

An 18-year-old North Side resident has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty in connection with the case surrounding a dog that was burned earlier this month, police reported on Monday.
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Investigation pending in dog burning case

The wheels of justice are turning for Dora, the dog burned in last week’s animal cruelty case. Representatives of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the Department of Agriculture have contacted the Cayman Islands Humane Society in the interest of furthering their investigation.
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Dog recovering after being set afire

The dog that was severely burned over the weekend is recovering well and has an excellent prognosis, Dr. Brenda Bush of Island Veterinary Services said Tuesday.
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Dog set ablaze in alleged animal cruelty case

A disturbing incident of animal cruelty occurred in Old Man Bay over the weekend where a pregnant dog was allegedly intentionally set ablaze by its owner.

Man sentenced for cruelty to animals

Anything less than loss of liberty would send the wrong message, Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn declared on Wednesday when she sentenced a man to home confinement for cruelty to animals.

Animal cruelty cases: Charges laid in one of 225 reports

Out of 225 cases investigated by animal control and welfare officers at the Department of Agriculture this year, one is moving forward with criminal charges.

More paraquat dog poisonings reported

A ban on importing deadly weed-killer paraquat does not appear to have prevented a spate of dog poisonings in the run-up to Christmas.

‘Not enough is being done’: Burned dog prompts call for action

The charred carcass of a dog found dumped on a construction site in Prospect has prompted new concern about the level of animal abuse in the Cayman Islands and calls for the Department of Agriculture to do more to enforce the law on animal cruelty.

EDITORIAL – Time for Cayman to get serious on animal issues

If there is any hope of tackling Cayman’s ubiquitous problems with animals, someone with power, probably in the Legislative Assembly, must take definitive command of the situation. It may not be a glamorous assignment, but it is an essential one for a problem that is getting increasingly worse.

$15,000 reward offered after third horse sexually assaulted

The Equestrian Center is offering a $15,000 reward to help catch whoever is responsible after a third horse was sexually assaulted last week. Equestrian Center owner Mary Alberga said she is “at a loss over how to protect all these animals.” Overnight Thursday someone assaulted a small pony in one of the back fields.

Third horse sexually assaulted at Equestrian Center

Somebody sexually assaulted another horse overnight at the Equestrian Center in George Town, according to management there.

Dead animals found at abandoned farm

An animal welfare officer has described how she made the “gruesome discovery” of a dead dog chained to a tree at an abandoned North Side farm that was littered with the bones of starved animals.

Speaking out against cruelty to animals

Readers say Animals Law should be enforced.

EDITORIAL – Keeping quiet on animal cruelty and crime

The case of “Lennie” (the puppy who lived) and his unnamed companion (who did not) illustrates three important points about the broader nature of crime in the Cayman Islands.

When will animal cruelty laws ever be enforced?

When are the agriculture department, the police and the prosecutors going to start to enforce the law? Unfortunately, I expect, never.

‘The worst case of abuse I have ever seen’

The pile of skin and bones was just visible in the rock and dirt at the foot of the palm tree. Jason Jairam could make out the shape of a small dog, maybe four months old. A chain tied to the tree hung loose around its emaciated neck. It had been dead, he figured, for at least two weeks.

Shell shock over turtle-riding scheme

After six months working as the head animal trainer at the Cayman Turtle Farm, Amy Souster quit because of the conditions in which turtles and other animals were kept at the West Bay tourist attraction, she said. The big project the Turtle Farm wanted her to work on, which she said she learned about after arriving on island, was a scheme to train turtles to give tourists rides in the water.

New warning over paraquat threat

The deadly weed killer paraquat remains a potential threat to pets over the festive season, despite a government ban on imports.

Animal tethering practices in Cayman questioned

Roni Wildoner was traveling along the eastern coast of Grand Cayman in October when she spotted a bull tethered on the side of the road near Breakers. She investigated and found that the animal was tangled in his rope. A plastic makeshift water trough, with jagged, sharp edges, was empty, save for a handful of leaves. Tethering animals on the side of the road is a traditional practice in Cayman, but some say it's time for the tradition to end.

Cayman Turtle Farm rejects researchers’ claims of cruelty

Responding to a new study from Oxford University researchers calling the Cayman Turtle Farm “one of the cruelest wildlife attractions in the world,” Turtle Farm Director Tim Adam rejected the idea that the farm treats its turtles cruelly.

On the Farm: When truth is redacted

First, they buried the turtles ... then, they buried the truth.

Turtle rescued from poachers

Poachers were disturbed in the act as they attempted to drag a 400-pound nesting turtle off a West Bay beach.

The three men fled the area, leaving the turtle lying on its back, after they were interrupted by a fisherman, out with his dog, at around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Customs order bans paraquat importation

The Cayman Islands has ordered a ban on the importation of the chemical herbicide paraquat, which has been used on island to poison dogs.

Banning paraquat: A humane act for our animals

Banning paraquat is a good first step to end malicious poisonings of dogs, but the government still needs to address Cayman's stray dog problem.

Government backs paraquat ban

Cayman's government looks set to ban a dangerous herbicide from the islands.

Dogs’ paraquat poisoning renews calls for ban

The paraquat poisoning of two dogs this week has resulted in renewed calls for a ban on the deadly herbicide.

Loose cow creates lunchtime traffic hazard

Bemused motorists reported a cow being towed behind a truck along a busy George Town road Thursday afternoon.

Man accused of 
killing boy’s dog

A man was arrested, and subequently bailed, last week on suspicion of killing a dog.

New campaign to end turtle farming

A renewed campaign to stop turtle farming in Cayman is under way in the UK with wildlife campaigners lobbying the British government to intervene.

Neglected dog dies after caretaker injured

A young dog that made headlines after being found severely neglected and emaciated died on Tuesday.

Grrrrrrrrrr! What’s up with dog policy?

Instead of picking and choosing among dog breeds, Cayman's government should be enforcing anti-cruelty laws against humans who abuse their dogs.

Humane Society outraged by local animal abuse

Several animal abuse cases have left the Cayman Islands Humane Society outraged and appealing for a solution.

'Dog City'? What about 'Dog Country'?

The Cayman Islands government continues to fail to provide a basic and essential service: animal control.

Animal welfare in Cayman: a visitor’s perspective

Visitor appalled by treatment of many domestic animals in Cayman.

Hundreds of dogs euthanized every year

Around 600 unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized every year by the Department of Agriculture – figures which charities say show the staggering scale of animal cruelty and neglect on the island.

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