Sunday 19 May, 2019

Authorities continue house visits to dog owners

George Town resident Norma Conolly holding a tag for her newly licensed dog.

George Town resident Norma Conolly holding a tag for her newly licensed dog.

Police officers and Department of Agriculture staff have been busy conducting more walk-throughs in Cayman neighbourhoods too provide information and advice on responsible dog ownership.

This time, the officers visited homes on Rock Hole Road and Gresscott Lane, in Central George Town on February 27.

The officers spoke to dog owners in the area and discussed with them their responsibilities under the law, including licensing their dogs. Several dogs that had previously been unlicensed were licensed by the DOA staff, a service which is provided free of charge.

Once a dog is licensed it will receive an identification tag that can be attached to the collar.

This ongoing initiative of the RCIPS and DOA aims to address continued concerns about incidents throughout the island involving dogs that have been allowed to roam freely, in addition to dogs that are not properly cared for.

The visits came just days after officers responded to four dog attacks in just two days.

Officers responded to three attacks last Friday February 22 alone, two of which were in George Town and one in Bodden Town. On Sunday February 24, a report was received in West Bay. In all instances, the dogs involved were confirmed not to be strays.

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In two of these reports, dogs roamed from their owners' homes and attacked dogs on other properties. Meanwhile, another case saw a dog reportedly bite a passerby through the window of a car, causing minor injury which resulted in a hospital visit.

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