Aug 11, 2014 News
…says the issue can no longer be ignored
The Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) is adamant that the implementation and enforcement of legislation to foster responsible ownership of dangerous dogs can no longer be ignored.
In a public missive, the Society was speaking directly to the recent killing of a woman by two family-owned pit-bulls. The organistion noted that responsible dog ownership is crucial in ensuring the safety of both humans and the animal.
The Society stated that the fatal mauling of 51-year-old Joann Carter which occurred last week “brings the issue of ownership of dangerous dogs to the fore once again.”
“This is not by any means the last of such incidents that Guyanese may expect, but clearly, our country’s recent history of such episodes points out that a more purposeful approach to this issue is required by those in authority.”
The GSPCA said that Trinidad and Tobago introduced their Dog Control (Amendment) Act 2014, and while this Act does not ban certain breeds of dogs as other similar legislation around the world does, it sets out certain regulations for owners such as the requirements to be licenced to own a dangerous dog (specifically a pit-bull in the case of Trinidad and Tobago’s Dog Control Act 2014); to have properly secured surroundings; to register the dog and also to have it micro-chipped.
The Executive Committee believes that the issue of responsible animal ownership is a crucial one where any potentially dangerous dog breed is concerned. Additionally, in instances of the despicably cruel act of dog fighting occurring in Guyana, the Society believes that legislation governing the ownership of dangerous dogs is even more necessary.
With the introduction of such legislation, they noted, it is however, the issue of effective enforcement of such legislation that must also be addressed.
While these proposed measures will not necessarily prevent similar recurrences, the GSPCA believes firmly, that “having properly-enforced legislation as described, would be a significant step in the right direction of addressing the issue of dangerous dogs. It is an issue that can no longer be ignored.”
The GSPCA has thus urged, “All civic-minded Guyanese to add their voices to this call.”
GSPCA also extended condolences to the family of Joann Carter who was mauled by two pit-bulls which her family raised. Her death is the latest of several sporadic attacks on humans by pit-bull dogs.
Carter had been living in a separate flat on the property belonging to her sister and brother-in-law. She had been with the family for only three months when the dogs attacked and killed her.
The issue of pit-bull ownership has always been one of public debate since there is no decisive legislation to speak to the ownership of dangerous dogs. The pit-bull breed in particular, is usually used in Guyana for security and profit purposes.
They are bred for sale and sometimes for fighting.
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