11 years after the Dangerous Dogs Act 2000 has been assented to, there is still no law to protect members of the public from breeds of dogs that are considered dangerous
In the meantime the number of cases of persons being injured by the animal continues to see an increase
That number went up this morning by one, after a female security guard attached to Personal Safety Training Security Services in Carapichaima was killed by 4 pit-bull dogs
45 year old Denise Raquel was on way to work at about 5.30 this morning… she was in the Edinburgh 500 area in Chaguanas, when she was attacked
Residents of the area say the dogs have been a nuisance for a while and they have been urging the owner, a policeman, to do something about the animals
One eyewitness, a resident in the area, said the dogs were loose and no one was attending to them
When the unsuspecting woman passed, he said, the dogs pounced on her, biting her in the head, neck and other parts of her body
The resident who are said to be distraught over the situation have said the dogs attacked others before
Almost a month ago, on April 12, 4 year old Ezekiel Renne-Cambridge, of Crissy Lane, Palmiste, was mauled by two German Shepherd dogs while walking with his grandmother Yolande near their home.
He survived with life threatening injuries and was warded at the Intensive Care Unit of the San Fernando General Hospital for several days after emergency surgery, before being transferred to a private nursing home.
Newspower Authority attempted to contact the Attorney General, Anand Ramlogan, former attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj and even Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley to get a comment on the matter and an update of the status of the Act, but none were available
Mr Maharaj in 2009 had filed a parliamentary motion urging the then PNM government to explain why it had failed to implement the Act, which he said had the support of the then UNC opposition