Cops shoot pit bull during early morning raid

| 12/05/2018 | 77 Comments

(CNS): An officer from the RCIPS Tactical Firearms Unit shot and wounded a pit bull, which later had to be put down, during a raid to look for illegal guns early Friday morning. The armed cops were accompanying Joint Task Force officers (RCIPS and Customs) who were executing a search warrant at an address in the Bodden Road area of George Town. During the search, the officers recovered a loaded handgun and two spear guns, and a 54-year-old man and a woman at the location were taken into custody.

Police said that during the operation the pit bull aggressively ran towards one of the officers as if to attack. As it approached, the officer shot the dog once, wounding it. A vet, who was called immediately, came to the location and took the dog away for medical treatment, but it later had to be put down.

The incident has been referred to the Office of the Ombudsman, police said.

Meanwhile, the woman has since been bailed by police while the man, who was arrested on suspicion of possession of an unlicensed firearm, remains in custody.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    One more thing, why do some vets I’m not saying all at all at all just put pit bulls down because they are afraid of them I really just want to know that. also I just want people to know not all pit bulls are mean I mean is the owner the owner is teaching the pitbull ‘s stuff is been in the pit boss so the pit bulls are all afraid they’re just trying to be territorial also I have an example of someone making a pitbull terrible and mean so I don’t talk to him anymore it’s my dad so or not anymore he’s not my dad anymore of course but he trained his pit bull to be racist and because he was racist so there is a good example for you guys.

    • West Bay Premier says:

      Do we know why certain breed of dogs are preferred to be trained to do certain jobs , and some dogs aren’t trainable at all.
      The breed of dogs intelligence to learn has a lot to do with their ability to be trained. Just like the human.

      But the difference between german shepherd dogs and pit bull , the difference between the two is like day and night .
      I have seen situations with both species and the shepherd was the one to obey the commands.

    • Anonymous says:

      If the animal is not registered and brought to a vet, they have a week at the most for the animal to be claimed with registration or to have registration started else the animal is put down. It’s the law.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Why would you do that. If you were a dog you would want to see who was there and you would start running towards the strange people. Also before you shoot a dog make sure it’s trying to harm you because it could just be excited to see you all are very scared and trying to protect itself I mean wouldn’t you want to protect yourself some strange person just got up in your grill? Please consider the following that I just said. I am not trying to be disrespectful obnoxious or rude in anyway offending you it’s just that I love pit bulls and I started crying after I read this make sure that this doesn’t happen again unless it’s trying to harm somebody or you don’t even have to shoot the dog just go a different way just walk become and call Cesar 911 now I know that you are number maybe maybe maybe not sure but Cesar is a dog person so he’ll know what to do and he knows how to take care of it but he has a pitbull so next time please call him instead of just shooting a dog and we get how would you like it if it was your dog you probably wouldn’t like it and please don’t ever judge pit bulls thank you for taking your time a day everything this.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Typical Caymanian attitude. “I want less crime but don’t stop me from doing something criminal.”

  4. concerned caymanian says:

    I just do not get this. XXXXX all you all commented on are dogs. Shows where your priorities are, crime or animal rights.

    CNS moderator: I usually close the comment box after someone has been arrested because people cannot comment on the people arrested or the crime until the case is dismissed, there is a guilty plea or a verdict. In this case I have left the comment box open but I am only allowing comments on the shooting and/or ownership of the dog because it is a separate issue. So the nature of the comments is in no way reflective of the priorities of those commenting.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Poor doggie. Please spay and neuter your animals folks.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    The owner of dog should face fine per Animals (Prohibited Dogs) Regulations (2012 Revision).

    “Where an owner is found by the CAVO to be in violation of these regulations the CAVO shall report the matter to the Legal Department for prosecution, and that owner shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of four thousand dollars.”

    http://www.gov.ky/portal/pls/portal/docs/1/11525305.PDF

    The breeding of any Pit Bull cross was banned May 6, 2002. All owners of these dogs face a $4000 fine, regardless of whether or not it was “rescued” from the Humane Society.

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    • Anonymous says:

      What? A rescue isn’t someone breeding it. That is nonsense about fining rescuers.

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    • Anonymous says:

      If they do that, a lot of expats will convicted and then deported because they will not qualify for a work permit. CIG will never do that, it’s like putting holes in your own boat.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Perhaps this law is antiquated and needs to be revised.

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      • Anonymous says:

        My thoughts exactly. One of the reasons we are still considered ‘third world’ as we can’t seem to think outside the box. Some countries in Europe require pits and other ‘dangerous breeds’ to wear muzzles in public. Something so simple can save a lot of dog lives and put those at ease that seem to be so scared of the breed.

        I believe that RCIPS should have additional training to deal with dogs more effectively for raids as these are the same people that accidentally discharge firearms. One day they will miss the dog and hit somebody.

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        • Anonymous says:

          They law says that here too, if you actually read it. The law states you can own the dog, but there are an arms list of rules that must be followed and adhered to.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Any breed of dog will try to protect the owner if they feel there is aggression towards them. My lovely sweet Cayman mutt would do the same.
    The owner should have been given an opportunity to restrain the dog. And yes, people are breeding these illegal dogs on island..
    Someone at my work posted an ad for $50 for a Cayman/Rotty mutt mix!!!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    If the government wont enforce immigration laws why worry about something as miniscule as dog breeds.

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  9. castro says:

    Canis Major u r as ignorant as a they get should put u down and send u back to ware you came from

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  10. Anonymous says:

    All of this talk about Illegal breeds is heartbreaking. Dogs only Defend there land unless taught different or maybe just loose. But most only stay home and defend there owners land.. what you all are saying is stupid and your not real human beings aparently no heart. Get A Grip you will need these Dogs and Iron bars on your window soon to protect that big mouth you got. P.S. i dont care what happened lock them all up but yo stop blame the dog this go to C.N.S. fake police soon start shoot us

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    • Anonymous says:

      You never hear about people geing mauled by poodles or labradors. It’s just a fact that pit bulls are more dangerous than other breeds, partly because of the strength of their bite.

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      • Anonymous says:

        I wonder why police if what you’re saying is true I wonder why police don’t use pit bulls as police dogs obviously because German shepherds have a better bite and drink and nobody says that German Shepherd’s are more dangerous than pit bulls but really in real life they are I’ve seen a German Shepherd swallow a guys head and I’m never seen a pitbull do that we’re not saying that German Shepherd’s are bad but we’re just saying that German Shepherd’s are more dangerous the pit bulls just saying learn your facts were making a point pit bulls are not that strong unless the person abuses them to do that OK OK have a nice day thank you sir not really have a bad day and also by the way my Mimi got bit by a dog when she was younger and it almost swallowed her face and she had to go to the hospital to get stitches but the dog was not a pitbull thank you very much

        • Anonymous says:

          Sheps are better/easier to train, have a better temperament in general and less unpredictable than pit bulls. Police use them for that fact, they want dogs they won’t have issues controlling.

    • Anonymous says:

      I can’t even understand your written English.

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  11. Canis Major says:

    Good shot. No-one needs that breed of dog.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    All of the pit Bull dogs in these islands should be put down, they are against the Law to have, so why the law don’t put all of these dogs down and charge the owners.

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    • Anonymous says:

      What if somebody adopted a pitbull from a local shelter to give it a good home? It’s a shame that some of these dogs you want to have put down because of their breed are more intellectual and well mannered than a lot of the people posting on here.

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      • Jah Rules.Creation says:

        What in “against the law to have” that you didnt understand, must be a liberal yanky talking. Surely a Caymanian cant be that big of a bonehead?

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    • Anonymous says:

      That’s like saying every dog should be put down because every dog is dangerous and away it’s not just pitbull‘s so you should stop putting all yours looks and hey I’m Pitbulls even Pomeranians and Yorkies and all of those dogs are dangerous I have a pitbull or are used to at least if he beat everybody and I almost had to go to the hospital he almost made me get stitches so that’s dangerous I have a pitbull yeah and why not put in the hate and it blows like that’s fake as crap because you don’t think about how German Shepherd are used to hurt and harm criminals oh but everybody loves German Shepherd‘s everybody loves Pomeranians everybody loves every Other dog People even love boxers well guess what pitbull’s and boxers are basically cousins so you’re just trying to make pitbull sound bad but they’re really not I’m sorry have a nice day not really

      • Anonymous says:

        @10:44 – I have a cousin and he’s an a-hole. I’m a pretty decent guy but that won’t make him good or me an a-hole. Your point is very flawed.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Beware of dogs.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Any pitbull on this island is not allowed.
    So please kill them all and pit the owners in jail.
    Same as with the other breeds.
    Enforce the law !!!!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      They should PUT you in a PIT and fill it with concrete.

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    • PITS Are Awesome Dogs says:

      I have 2. Come my yard and let’s tango. Dogs, humans, me, you, people going to be dead that day. Respect begets respect. My pits are there for me and are well trained. So watch your attitude about killing them and other breeds. I sure hope you’re not one of the poisoning killers about this place. Pathetic.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Shoot them.

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      • East End Resident says:

        Here is exactly where the problem lies. It’s not the dog, it’s the sort of person who owns this sort of dog.

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        • PITS Are Awesome Dogs says:

          I’m just replying with same attitude to the person wanting to just kill randomly because, Pit bull. You should have taken the time to give your insight into their first comment, not just mine. Arm Chair judgments need not apply. Respect to get respect, this includes an individual’s right to own dogs whom they care for and are mindful of. It’s upsetting to read what some of these ‘uneducated morons’ (is all I can surmise) think should be done. Again, I’m ready to tango, dogs or no dogs, is all I’m saying.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Sir or ma’am I respect you I love pit bulls I am begging my mom to get me a pitbull and just because I love them their misunderstanding and it’s not OK so you make this world better I’m going to help make this world better is the people like us and my sister who make this world better because we understand pitbull’s because we know what they actually are so thank you for taking your time of day to post that to prove people wrong because they don’t know anything about pit bulls unless they have one and I think they do but they did not think you have a nice day

  15. Jg says:

    Poor ole rufus

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Given that Pitbulls have been prohibited for longer than their lifespan and breeding them is illegal, why are they everywhere?

    Corruption, incompetence, or a refusal to enforce our laws for decades?

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    • Anonymous says:

      These people on here that say “try and take my dog and see what happens” @12:12 is right. They have been illegal for quite some time so if you have one that is only a few years old then guess what. You have broken the law and engaged in criminal activity. And for all the tough talk? I dare you to post your name and address and see how you act when the police come knocking on your door. It’s attitudes like that that there is such issues in Cayman. Everyone wants illegal activities stopped so we can all be safe but NO ONE wants THEIR illegal activities stopped. Stop being so hypocritical. You knew getting a pit bull puppy was illegal. Don’t bitch and moan when someone comes to take it away, you set yourself up for that, no one else did. My only regret from reading that article was the shot didn’t kill the dog outright and it suffered before being put down. Shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

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      • PITS Are Awesome Dogs says:

        Yawn. It’s NOT illegal to own locally bred Pit bulls or other prohibited breeds (unfortunately this doesn’t include some humans breeding, but I digress).

        Let’s see what happens when a law abiding citizen, who happens to own 2 Pits, no issues with surrounding spaces, etc. What happens when the police show up and want to remove without just cause…

        So, you reply with your address and name first, and I’ll do so myself. CNS can visit us both for each of our story on the issue of Pit bulls and why the hate for them (plus other breeds. We’ll also discuss the human breeding problem and why are there not more virtirol comments about bad parents/should not have been a parent and the need to educate, etc, etc etc). Important topics people, not just the headline grabbers. Sigh.

        • Anonymous says:

          I have no hatred for pitt bulls, None at all, they aren’t just my kind of dog, give me a shep any day but how can you say it is a legally local bred dog when the law states they cannot be bred? I don’t hate the dog, just criminals.

        • Anonymous says:

          The law on pit bulls. Again.. unless your dog is 16 years old, how can it be bred legally in Cayman? Is it registered? Is it spayed or neutered? Is it kept locked up like the law states? If it is then I wish you and your dog(s) long lives, if not you broke the law, plain and simple end of story.

          http://www.gov.ky/portal/pls/portal/docs/1/11525305.PDF

          5. (1) The owner of a prohibited dog who has acquired such dog prior to the
          6th May, 2002 may, subject to the approval of the CAVO, register such dog in
          accordance with these regulations no later than the 9th June, 2003.
          Registration and
          possession of prohibited
          dogs
          (2) Such registration shall be effective for one year from the date of issue
          and may be renewed annually prior to the date of expiration.
          (3) The annual fee for such registration of renewal is fifty dollars.
          6. The owner of a prohibited dog may not register such dog unless all the
          following conditions are metConditions
          for
          registration under
          regulation 5
          (a) the owner shall present to the CAVO proof that he is at least
          sixteen years of age at the date of registration;
          (b) the dog shall be spayed or neutered prior to registration and the
          owner shall present to the CAVO proof from a licensed
          veterinarian of such spaying or neutering; and
          (c) the owner shall present to the CAVO a current licence issued
          under section 24.

          8. (1) The owner of a prohibited dog shall securely confine a prohibited dog
          indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked kennel, pen or area designated to
          house the dog, except when the dog is leashed or muzzled as provided in
          subregulation (3) or (4).
          Possession of prohibited
          dogs
          (2) Any structure or area used to confine a prohibited dog shall be locked
          with a key or combination lock when containing the dog.
          (3) The owner or keeper of a prohibited dog shall not permit the dog to go
          outside the owner or keeper’s residence or into any public area, hallway or other
          common area of any building, or outside a kennel, pen or enclosed area designed
          to house such dog, unless the dog is securely leashed with a leash no longer that
          four feet in length; and under such circumstances the owner or keeper shall ensure
          that a person is in physical control of the leash and that the dog shall not be
          leashed to any inanimate object such as a tree, post or building.
          (4) The owner or keeper of a prohibited dog shall place on the dog a
          muzzle sufficient to prevent the dog from biting other animals or persons
          whenever the dog is outside the owner or keeper’s residence or is in any public
          area, hallway or common area of any building or is outside of a kennel, pen or
          enclosed area designed to house such dog.

          9. (1) When the CAVO has reasonable cause to believe that a dog is a
          prohibited dog which has not been registered in accordance with these
          regulations, or that such dog in not confined, leashed or muzzled in accordance
          with these regulations, the CAVO or an animal welfare officer shall seize such
          dog and transport it to the Department of Agriculture where it shall be
          impounded.
          Seizure of prohibited
          dogs
          (2) The CAVO shall cause to be issued to the person who had possession
          of the dog at the time of seizure and to the owner of the dog (if different) a notice
          of violation containing-
          (a) a notice that the dog was seized;
          (b) the provisions of these regulations which have been violated;
          (c) a notice that the owner shall send written reasons for such
          violations to the CAVO; and
          (d) a statement that if reasons are not sent in accordance with
          paragraph (c) within seven days of the date of the notice and that
          where the CAVO has reason to believe that it would be in the
          public interests to destroy the dog, that the CAVO may order that
          such dog be humanely destroyed.
          (3) If the CAVO cannot with due diligence locate the owner of a dog that
          has been seized pursuant to this paragraph, the CAVO shall cause the dog to be
          impounded for no fewer that three days; and if, after three days, no person
          appears to claim ownership of the dog, the CAVO may cause the dog to be
          destroyed humanely.

  17. West Bay Premier says:

    I am happy to know that none of the Officers weren’t injured or killed in this raid . But I don’t know what to call this kind of way that RCIPS and Custom carry out a raid looking for guns and drugs .

    The RCIP and Custom had a special armed Cops accompanied them to do a raid on a house that could’ve been full of guns and people , and only some of the Officers doing the raid has a gun . What would have happened to the Officers , if the 10 people inside the house opened gun fire on the few armed Officers and the unarmed Officers ?

    In Cayman Islands today , I think that the MAN who are responsible for the lives of all law enforcement officers , better start thinking a lot more about the SAFETY OF ALL OFFICERS . It’s a dangerous world today , see what they were looking for .

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    • Anonymous says:

      “none of the Officers weren’t injured or killed ” Huh? Actually all of your post was difficult to read.
      I expect better from you ‘West Bay Premier’. Now you sound like the real (former) WB Premier.

      Ouch. I just read your other most recent comment regarding the airport concessions.. I guess I never noticed your ‘grammar’ before..

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      • Anonymous says:

        Face it!! If West Bay Premier was in power we would all be doomed!! Have a look at his posts!! Most are frightening. In fact they are Almost as bad as uncivil !! Who is still having wake up problems.

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        • West Bay Premier says:

          10 :00 am , I don’t have to be in power for you to be doomed, you were that way for a very long time .

      • West Bay Premier says:

        I am glad my grammar isn’t as bad as your understanding and your interpretation ,, and maybe I should write one to put you to sleep forever . Who elected you as the grammar police ?

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  18. Anonymous says:

    said it before:
    solution: $1000 dog license fee….+$10,00 fine if caught without a license

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    • Anonymous says:

      Any existing prohibited breeds and crosses were to be neutered, chipped, and licensed as of 2002. Any owners now of these dog breeds and mutts face a $4000 fine if caught and prosecuted. DOA, Humane Society and local vets have all looked the other way on litter after litter of prohibited breeds since then. The vets should be fined $25,000 and/or loose their license.

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      • Anonymous says:

        You are insane! The humane society is the reason why there are not much stray dogs. If you fine them and take them out of business then you will hear another complaint from the public.

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        • Anonymous says:

          If the Humane Society and vets were so perfect like you say @2:21 then why if these breeds of dogs come by them are they not reported and/or put down? Humane Society is a great thing but@1:56 is right, it is the employees who look the other way. Fine them a few times and see how quickly it is enforced.

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          • Anonymous says:

            The reason why, is because they became Vets not to euthanize animals but to help and protect them. If Cayman start euthanizing dogs because of their breed, there will be an animal welfare group putting us in international media. Is that the publicity we want or do you just not care, and if so, why?

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            • Anonymous says:

              Like Cayman is the only place putting these dogs down. It’s not that I don’t care, I feel sorry for these dogs because their owners put them in the situation they are in that could cause them to be put down. Law is the law, don’t like it? Get it changed but don’t bitch, make excuses and do nothing because you don’t like it.

  19. annonymous says:

    aren’t pit-bulls illegal here?

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  20. Anonymous says:

    The woman was 92….I wonder why the police didn’t disclose her age?

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  21. Pit Bull says:

    Don’t worry, I’m OK.

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  22. Just Askin' says:

    So who was charged with possession of a prohibited breed?

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