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$3 million for farmers impacted by TS Grace

Government has allocated $3 million dollars in relief support for commercial farmers impacted by the recent passage of Tropical Storm Grace.

Thank you, Department of Agriculture

After the passing of Tropical Storm Grace, my farm crops and trees were devastated to the point that I was ready to throw the...

Dept. of Agriculture ordered to stop collecting personal data

The ombudsman has issued an enforcement order to the Department of Agriculture to stop collecting personal data from customers purchasing its retail items, after it failed to comply with an earlier recommendation to cease gathering the information.
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.

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.

RCIPS holds community clinics

Last week, the West Bay community police officers carried out community clinics in different locations, with several more anticipated throughout the summer.
Police say 53 dogs were being held in dangerous conditions at a residence in Prospect.

3 seized dogs die, others see ‘significant improvement’

Three of the 53 dogs taken by police in the islands’ largest-ever seizure of mistreated canines earlier this month have succumbed to Parvovirus infection, but authorities say “significant improvement” has been observed in the overall health and condition of other dogs since arriving at the shelter.

Police seize 53 dogs from Prospect residence

Police made their largest ever seizure of mistreated dogs on May 6 at a Prospect area residence, confiscating 53 animals, many of which were in poor health. They reported the incident late Friday.

EDITORIAL – Working together to promote animal welfare

Last year, DoA impounded 388 dogs, according to records reviewed by the Compass. That is more than a dog per day – far too many for our little island.
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Euthanasia of dogs and cats drops significantly

Euthanasia of dogs and cats in Grand Cayman has been reduced by 75% over the last four years according to figures analysed by the Cayman Compass as part of an open records request.

Facebook threat lands dog owner in court

A poorly judged Facebook comment landed a woman in court Thursday.

Pet owner disputes account in case of euthanized dogs

A local pet owner is disputing the account of the Department of Agriculture regarding an incident this week in which three dogs were seized and ultimately euthanized.

EDITORIAL – Roaming dogs: The responsibilities of pet ownership

But it is undeniable that dog owners have a legal and societal responsibility to look after their pets, and to make sure they are not a public nuisance or potential threat.
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More dog attacks reported

Police said they responded to several “ferocious dog” reports over the weekend around Cayman.

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.

Department of Agriculture seizes roaming dogs

Four dogs were seized from their owners last week after police officers and Department of Agriculture staff visited local neighborhoods to spread advice about responsible dog ownership.

PAWS washes dogs for a good cause

The Protection of Animal Welfare Society, known as PAWS, held a free community dog wash in East End over the Heroes Day weekend. Susanna Gatta, one of the organization’s co-founders, said that more than 25 dogs were washed and registered with PAWS over the course of the event.

Letter: Ambushed by wild dogs

How many people will have to be attacked before the dogs are taken care of properly?
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Stray dogs terrorize neighborhoods

Animal control officers are trying to trap a pack of stray dogs that has been terrorizing a Grand Cayman neighborhood.
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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.

EDITORIAL – Christmas trees: Bugs or humbug?

This year, only 1,500 Christmas trees will be available for sale in Cayman, half the number of the previous year. Something is clearly wrong here.

First Christmas trees arrive on island

Hurley’s market will be bathed in the scent of pine as Christmas trees arrive at the store this weekend, after the trees are inspected for bugs and cleared.

Letter: DoA explains import rules for Christmas trees

The potential economic and environmental impacts of invasive pests are real and serious.

DoA Christmas Tree

Today's editorial cartoon.

EDITORIAL – Red tape strangles Cayman’s supply of Christmas trees

Christmas trees are supposed to be wrapped in colorful lights and garlands – not bureaucratic red tape.

Christmas tree shortage expected this year

Citing difficulties in dealing with regulatory requirements, most of the vendors that usually provide Christmas trees have said they will not be doing so this year.

32 dogs surrendered to Department of Agriculture

Animal lovers stepped up over the past few days to offer foster homes to the majority of 32 dogs that were surrendered to the Department of Agriculture last week.

Homes sought for 32 dogs surrendered to Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture removed 32 dogs from a single home in Cayman on Wednesday and issued an appeal to local animal welfare societies to try to find homes for them.

Owner surrenders 6 pitbull mix dogs

Police and Department of Agriculture officers last week removed six pitbull mix dogs from their owner in West Bay following complaints about “ferocious dogs” attacking people and other dogs in the neighborhood.

Authorities ask public to be alert about cockfighting

The Department of Agriculture and Royal Cayman Islands Police Service issued an advisory Friday urging Cayman residents to report information it may have about cockfighting.

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.

Man suspected of cockfighting operation

Police recovered 40 roosters at a North Sound Road address and arrested a 32-year-old George Town man on suspicion of crimes related to cockfighting on Wednesday, June 6.

No rules for dog breeders

There is currently no licensing regime for dog breeders in the Cayman Islands, despite the provision being part of the Animals Law for more than 15 years.

Police break up cockfighting ring

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service announced on Thursday that officers arrested a man on March 21 in connection with an illegal cockfighting ring.

Weekend Mail Call: ‘Catfight’ on the Sister Islands

The Compass editorial “Catfight on the sister Islands” had readers talking this week, as animal advocates took to the courts to halt government’s plan to cull booming feral cat populations.

Cat fight

Today's editorial cartoon

Feral cats

Today's editorial cartoon
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EDITORIAL – ‘Catfight’ on the Sister Islands

The claws came out last week in discussions about how best to control the Sister Islands’ booming feral cat populations when animal advocates turned to the courts to stop the Department of Agriculture and Department of Environment from culling the strays.

Feral cat challenge questions legality of cull

A legal challenge to the culling of feral cats on the Sister Islands has raised questions about the legality of such animal control methods under Cayman Islands law.

Cayman prepares for 51st Agriculture Show

Exhibitors are lining up, farmers are grooming prize bulls, and the Department of Agriculture is getting its plants and trees ready for the 2018 Agriculture Show, which gets under way on Ash Wednesday.

Stray dogs rounded up after man bitten

Police and Department of Agriculture officers rounded up three stray dogs after a cyclist in West Bay reported being bitten and chased by the dogs.
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‘Ferocious dog’ attacks young girl

A young girl was seriously injured in an attack by a dog on Birch Avenue in Prospect Wednesday evening. Police said the unnamed 8-year-old child had “a very serious bite to her ear,” as well as several other bites from the “ferocious dog.”

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.

Pests threaten Christmas tree imports

Cayman families hoping to unwrap their presents under a real Christmas tree this year could be out of luck.

Quarantine set up for pets from hurricane zones

The Department of Agriculture has established a temporary quarantine facility for pets from hurricane disaster areas that do not meet existing import conditions.

4-legged hurricane evacuees touch down in Cayman

A charter plane filled with displaced people, and some four legged refugees, from hurricane-hit British Virgin Islands touched down in the Cayman Islands Wednesday night.

Bail granted 4th time in ‘sugar glider’ case

Police have extended bail for the fourth time for the suspects involved in the alleged smuggling of an exotic pet known as a “sugar glider” into Cayman. “The suspects’ bail has been extended until Oct. 4 and no charges have been filed as yet."

Dog-burning case turned over to prosecutors

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is now considering the cases of two dogs injured in separate burning incidents. The Department of Agriculture recently wrapped up its investigation into the injured animal Rufus, a dog brought to the Cayman Islands Humane Society on Aug. 8. No arrests were made as a result of the investigation.

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.
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After series of dog attacks, police warn owners of ‘obligations’

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and Department of Agriculture released a statement Friday reminding pet owners of their obligations after a spate of pet attacks in Cayman this year.

Campaign billboards could become chicken coops

A community activist is seeking to transform plywood election campaign banners into chicken coops as part of a planned project to domesticate feral chickens in George Town.
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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.

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.

Green thumb alert: free seedlings

The Department of Agriculture is offering a limited stock of free cabbage, cucumber, bok choy (Chinese cabbage), cauliflower, broccoli and other seedlings to the public.

‘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.
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New policy for vetting genetically modified imports

Future applications to bring alien species, including genetically modified organisms, into the Cayman Islands could face environmental impact assessments, similar to that required for major developments, under a new policy being devised by the National Conservation Council.

Agriculture bulldozer available for land clearing

A land-clearing bulldozer service offered by the Department of Agriculture that was suspended last year when the bulldozer operator retired is now running again. The service, which had been offered by government for more than 20 years, is again under way after a new operator was hired, the department said in a press release this week.

Government acts on 22 percent of audit recommendations

The Cayman Islands government has implemented just 22 percent of the recommendations made by its auditors for improving financial reporting and management processes in various public sector entities over the past five years.

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.

Editorial – On litter, and litters: Our problems with garbage and dogs

Grand Cayman’s most obnoxious problems — our out-of-control garbage situation and runaway feral dog population — may actually be one and the same.

Compensation ordered after dog bites boy

A woman was ordered to pay $350 compensation for medical bills and lost earnings after her dog got loose and bit a child.

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