Six pit bull mix seized from West Bay owner

| 04/09/2018 | 56 Comments
pit bull, Cayman News Service

Dogs seized by the RCIPS and DoA

(CNS): Following several complaints from residents in West Bay about being attacked by ferocious dogs on the loose in the district community beat police officers joined forces last week with the Animal Welfare and Control Unit at the Department of Agriculture and paid a visit to the owner of the dogs. The officers inspected the dogs and found they were of pit bull mix, a breed that is prohibited under the Cayman Islands Animals Law. Although the legislation is rarely enforced, on this occasion the owner was told about the complaints and the consequences of owning prohibited dogs.

Police said the owner was given the information and then gave up the animals. “Understanding the repercussions of having ferocious dogs at large and owning prohibited dogs, he relinquished his ownership of six dogs and signed them over to the custody of the DoA to be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Animals Law (2015 Revision),” the RCIPS reported.

That means the mixed breed dogs are now likely to be put down. But the RCIPS and DoA said dog owners must be responsible and take measures to ensure that their animals do not pose a danger to members of the public.

“This is just another example of the close partnership approach that continues to be taken in order to tackle local issues that cause concern to the community,” said Superintendent Robert Graham. “I would encourage our local communities to continue to report their concerns to their designated community officers so that they can be addressed swiftly and effectively. Their contact details can be found on the RCIPS website.”

For a list of RCIPS community officers and their contact information, visit the RCIPS website.

To report cases of animal cruelty or neglect contact the Department of Agriculture at 947-3090, email  or visit the DoA website and click the link ‘Report Animal Cruelty’ (

To report dog attacks, ferocious dogs, or dogs dangerously out of control, contact 911 or the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    *A 64 year old woman from Maryland was mauled to death on Monday by a Pit Bull she rescued 2 weeks ago is all over the news in the states.
    Yes, there are reasons to fear that breed, these maulings are not infrequent.

    • Somrone with sense says:

      You are a dumb@$$. This could happen to anyone by ANY DOG! It is not the bread of dog. It is how the dog is trained and raised just like any other animal! Humans included. Do some research and don’t be a twaat. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    mandatory dog license =$1,000.
    caught without license =$10,000 fine.
    problem solved.

  3. Pit Bull says:

    Just for the record, these are not my offspring. That bitch is not my type.

  4. Anonymous says:

    So pitbull mixes are against the law. What about pit bulls?

  5. Anonymous says:

    That picture doesn’t show vicious pitbulls, is that the right picture? they look scared

    • Anonymous says:

      They are scared and the mamma is terrified as she has pups with her and a noose around her neck!

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s almost as if animals have different emotional responses depending on the situation they are in

  6. Anonymous says:

    Pitbull nuts are delusional. Jesus

  7. Cat Boater says:

    I believe the amalgamation of different dog breeds is a sin. Some dogs suffer from defects because of the man-made mixtures. I think its man playing around with mother nature. Its just cruel.

    It is taught by religious theistic scholars that every species of animal which God had created were preserved in the ark. But the confused species which were the result of amalgamation, were destroyed by the flood. As well, there were the Nephtalim.

    In order to support gangs, instill fear and violence, the deliberate mixtures of dogs have produced breeds that have been known to attack small children even dog owners. The pitbull was made to fight! It is in their nature to be aggressive.

    I love dogs, but in my humble opinion, I think the breeds like pitbulls should be outlawed.

    • Anonymous says:

      I read your article with interest and agree to an extent, however “the Pitbull was made to fight” i disagree with. The choice of word i.e. “made” i may have misconstrued, however, made (as in trained) to fight by their owners, does happen, i will not deny but very few of these breeds are born aggressive – just depends on their upbringing. As the owner of two of these pitt mixes, all I can say is that if you bring them up properly, they are no different from another mid-sized, strong, powerful dog. If you train them to be aggressive then this breed is easily trained in that respect – you train them not to be aggressive – also totally doable.

      • Anonymous says:

        I disagree. Like cat boater said, these dogs have been known to unpredicably attack their owners. Its the nature of these dogs. Upbringing may keep the dog calm, but slight change of condotions and you see the dogs colors.

        • Anonymous says:

          Have you ever owned a pitbull mixed dog? It’s always some who have no experience with this breed who gobble up the media stories as if only pitbulls comit maulings. My pitbull mix is the most gentle fur ball I’ve come across, she’s even afraid of cats. It’s sad when people project their fears unto others. I agree the law is the law and it should be respected and abided by, but I also think it’s time to amend this law to reflect the facts and not poor sampling.

      • Happy420 says:

        Well said and Thank you, 3 female pitts owner. Love my pitties…..

    • Anonymous says:

      Lol! What?!

    • Anonymous says:

      Well, never seen a biblical reference to the evils of dog cross breeding, and I have to say completely bemused by the Nepthalim reference. Makes a refreshing change to the usual Biblical vs atheist arguments here about gays and interpreting Leviticus. Can you expand? Genuinely interested.

  8. Anonymous says:

    1) Good on DoA/RCIPS for more animal responses.
    2) Commentators should take into account that having the dogs ‘handed over’ results in them being off the street (where apparently they were causing problems, and illegal) without CIG having to go to the trouble and cost of a criminal case – try proving ‘some pit bull’ w/out a genetic test that probably costs more than penalty for the offence. Consider it an ‘administrative penalty’. They lose their dogs, the public are safe. Small penalty, small win but still a win/win.

  9. Some CaymanKind! says:

    I live in WB and my dog and my husband have been attacked by pit bull mix dogs 3 times resulting in pain and bills. Last week my dog and I were charged by a loose pit with a collar and I only can write about this now because of a quick thinking bus driver who drove his bus between us and the charging dog. Perhaps the dog broke loose but that becomes irrelevant when it charges with intent. Irresponsible owners who believe it is their dogs’ right to roam where they please need to be reminded that applies to all and not just a select few. Unfortunate for the dogs but i and my dog are grateful.

  10. Anonymous says:

    So the poor dogs, through no fault of their own, get euthanized whilst the disgusting, neglectful owner goes unpunished. Isn’t this the wrong-way round?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I know the owner personally and can say this article is completely inaccurate. Sums up the police force and news. He loved those dogs and they are mutts not pit bulls. Also he didnt breed them. Stray dogs jumped his fence and breed unintentionally. So piss off

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t think dogs breed unintentionally 😉
      Also not sure if you’ve heard of the latest thing, it’s called spaying, it just got invented a few months ago. It works like magic apparently, even in unintentional breeding cases.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Sad picture of mama and her puppies. She knew they were done for.

  13. Anonymous says:

    WTF? Why euthanise the puppies? There’s absolutely no need to do that!

    There are places such as the Humane Society where they could have had a second chance at a better life, with a loving owner.

    • Fred the Piemaker says:

      Well, first point is that possession of a pit bull cross is a criminal offence. So the police would be condoning a crime by allowing some one else to have them. You may not agree with the law and it is routinely ignored but asking the police to participate in continuing the offence. Second, whilst I understand that it’s the way dogs are treated that makes them dangerous rather than just breed, if these animals have been bred and used for fighting there must be some serious risks in then introducing them into a domestic home. Sad, but blame the original breeder and owner rather than the police for enforcing the law. If they did this more often – and charged the owner – maybe we would have less animal abuse in future.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh for goodness sakes – don’t you understand they are of a prohibited breed! NO ONE is supposed to have them!

      • Anonymous says:

        Just a minute. They are mutts not pibulls. I actually rescued puppies from someone who was abusing the mother and it turned out that the pups have some pitbull but they are not full pibull. Are you suggesting I broke the law?

        • Anonymous says:

          Actually, yes. According to the letter of the law, which is driven by any admixture of pit bull – itself not a defined term – and not the dogs behavior. Its a bit like apartheid for dogs – even a trace of a banned breed is enough to deny you consideration or rights. These poor dogs are destined for the slab – their owner and breeder, not so much

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah but there are a couple of thousand people who have them. It’s getting a little late to get all jacked up about it.

  14. JAE says:

    Wow that’s some really bad mungrels/ mut. so what about the full breed ones who are really bad?

  15. Anonymous says:

    No matter what the breed if you cannot be a responsible owner DO NOT GET DOGS! Get so fed up with people “giving up” on these animals because they can’t be bothered and if you can’t afford it, DON’T GET A DOG. It’s as simple as that. Like children, if dogs are not brought up properly you run the risk of having an anti-social member of your family and community. If you are going to own an animal then take responsibility and bring it up the right way otherwise DON’T GET A DOG! Not having your dog spayed and neutered is also being irresponsible and chaining an animal up 24/7 because you have no fencing to your yard is not being a responsible owner either. Dogs are not “things” to just own, they need care, attention, feeding, exercising and medical attention. Again, if you can’t provide all of this DON’T GET A DOG! As always, it’s the dogs that suffer as these six have had. Not necessarily bad dogs, just bad owners.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Law is the law, the owners of these breeds need to be punished for breaking it and allowing a beautiful breed to face destruction.

    • Anonymous says:

      You read something which said the owner is getting punished? Because the bit I read seemed to say that the owner was given the option of surrendering the dogs with the inevitable euthanasia that would follow, or paying the penalty if he wanted to argue whether they were a banned breed, and threw the dogs under the bus. The punishment is entirely limited to mom and her pups.

  17. Anonymous says:

    It is regrettable there are no punitive provisions within the law against the owners responsible for these dangerous animals.

  18. Anonymous says:

    The roaming dog issue is totally out of control all over the Island! I am unable to walk my leashed dogs in my own neighborhood because of dogs coming charging from various yards. No matter how often you speak to the owners, they always have a stupid excuse. Worse is that the animals get punished by being tied to a tree for the rest of their life.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dead right, 7:49. The number of loose dogs, dogs caged or tied to trees in Bodden Town is shameful. Just drive down the side roads or, if you are feeling brave, take your leashed dog on a walk.

      • Anonymous says:

        In response to 8:38. On my street in Bodden Town I walk past 3 dogs tied to trees who have been there since birth (at least 10 years for the oldest one.) This is shameful and neglectful. The owner feeds them, but they receive no other care or attention.

        On the other hand, there is an owner on this same street who was urged to contain their dog, and did. Although the dog is now tied to a tree, he is walked regularly and provided daily interaction with humans and others dogs. So there are owners who are trying.

        With response to the pitbul breed issue – if this is truly a prohibited breed then why are we dealing with them at all? It may be law but obviously the authorities don’t care enough or have the required time to enforce the law. So the breed just grows in numbers. Perhaps it’s time for responsible citizens to petition more frequently or more passionately in order to get the attention required.

        • Anonymous says:

          12:30, you are correct that that dog owner you are referencing has learned her lesson and is doing better. But it is only after very many years of possessing unleashed, uncared for, unwalked dogs and in the case of three, some ten years ago, they were wild enough to bite up peoples’ cars and attacked passers by. Another neighbor had so much trouble from later dogs she had, he had to get one of them trapped by Agriculture. The latest two she has are only now under better care because of a complaint against one of them to the Police and the help and kindness to animals of two of her neighbors who got the dogs neutered, something she NEVER did in the past. Better late than never, yes, but she and her dogs have been a damned nuisance for at least 15 years.

          And yes, you are right about the dogs tied up to the trees. Another person clos to that has two large dogs which look like Doberman/Rottweiler crosses. Lovely dogs. They are apparently kept in a cage but recently have gotten loose two or three times and have been terrifying walkers and cyclists although they are not full grown and are actually very friendly and just looking for attention and affection. But people don’t know this and take sticks, stones and shout at them. If they were in a proper home they would grow into wonderful pets but in a cage and probably being kept to breed to sell the puppies they will just get aggressive. It’s very sad. Not the dogs’ fault but human beings’ fault…as usual. But what can one do.

    • G says:

      so you don’t want them roaming and you don’t want to see them tied up. WHAT DO YOU WANT THEN?

  19. Anonymous says:

    Sad that the animals are being punished for the shameful behavior of the owner

  20. ABC says:

    What took so long?

  21. Anonymous says:

    I hope the owner is being convicted. He/she would be for possession of most other illegal and dangerous items. A gun or Sherman tank springs to mind

  22. Anonymous says:

    ANYONE who harms these dogs, regardless of the circumstances should be PUT DOWN IN THE SAME MANNER. Find homes for these animals..there’s good people out there unlike the DOA who actually care about living things. Where’s your Christian values? Would your God want you to kill these animals…THIS COUNTRY IS FILLED WITH SICK INDIVIDUALS….A LIFE IS A LIFE

    • Anonymous says:

      God told me you were going to say that! He also told me you have a French fry eating addiction. Be careful. French fries are a gateway drug and can often lead to the consumption of fried chicken and beer.

  23. anonymous says:

    Why is this person allowed to remain anonymous and why did he/she own six of these vicious animals, and why are there so many in West Bay.

    • Anonymous says:

      Vicious animals?! Lol! Please. Your kids are likely worse. #puppykillers #welcometocayman

      • Anonymous says:

        best comments today

      • Anonymous says:

        My children care for animals. I’m not the poster above but not all children are bad. I swear everyone seems to forget that they were children once too. I’m sick and tired of the dog issue as well. Pit bull came into my yard and killed mine and the neighbours chickens. We have to spend a lot of money building coops and fences to protect our animals while these animals are free to roam the island. The whole neighbourhood is complaining and DoA can’t catch the dogs. I think that unless you have a fenced in area you shouldn’t have a dog. I have a neighbour that has his puppy tied up all of the time. When he gets off the leash, he runs in my yard after my chickens. Dogs are not supposed to be tied up all of the time. My neighbours and I have had to give this dog water and food because the dog is left without any. One time, the owner even left the island.

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