Police rescue dogs stuck down a well

| 21/02/2019 | 17 Comments
Cayman News Service

PS Denby Groves helps rescue the dogs trapped down a well (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

(CNS): Two dogs may have been stuck down an uncovered well in West Bay for two and half days before they were rescued by Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers Tuesday morning. The dogs, which had been missing since Saturday night, were found stranded at the bottom of the well in the Shores area of the district by a member of the public, who called the West Bay Police Station at around 6:00am on 19 February. One of the two officers who went to rescue the animals, PS Denby Groves, used a ladder to descend into the well, while PC Dadal and a member of the public pulled the dogs out using ropes. But as soon as the dogs were set down on the ground, they ran off, police said.

“When we were finally able to get the dogs out, you could tell that they were in distress,” said PC Dadal. “They were shaking because they were soaked in neck deep water and covered in mud. I’m just glad that we were able to get to them in time.”

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Police said the stranded dogs were clearly in distress (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

When they returned to the station, the officers learned that a woman had visited the station to post flyers of her two lost dogs, which had not been seen since Saturday night, 16 February. The officers confirmed that the dogs in the photos were the ones they had rescued, and within a few minutes the owner called the station to say that both dogs had returned home.

District Commander of West Bay Inspector Marriott said, “We have identified that, though the dogs did stray unto someone’s private property, having a cistern uncovered poses a danger to not just animals but to people. We have organised with the owners of the property to have the cistern covered and we implore dog owners to keep their dogs secured.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Decades of stray animals, ignoring the proliferation of prohibited breeds and crossed offspring, organized leagues of commercial dog and chicken fighting, acid attacks, poisonings (much of these chemicals sourced from DoA inventories), mutilations, donkey-rapes, long-ignored and unpunished animal cruelty; all enforcement of Animals Law (2013 Revision) comes down to one person: the Chief Agricultural and Veterinary Officer (C.A.V.O.). He doesn’t seem to be aware that he alone has been the key man for decades holding these specific responsibilities for the territory – protecting the public from animals, and animals from the public! The C.A.V.O can be directed by the Governor (not Cabinet) to waive parts of the law in specific circumstances under section 93, but otherwise, he has to do his job. The press should ask the C.A.V.O. very pointedly to comment on whether such instruction has ever been given, and if so, on which governor’s authority? If he can’t answer, or prefers not to accept responsibility, we need to rescind that appointment (and any comp) and nominate a more professional C.A.V.O. asap.

  2. Al Catraz says:

    That was an unfortunate thing to have happened to the police rescue dogs.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Slap on the wrist for the dog owners? Common! Start getting tough and passing out fines like the rest of the world!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Rufus and dufus.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Excellent work, now they the dogs are free to run free around West Bay once again.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Glad to hear the animals are ok…..But no charges…..

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  7. Anonymous says:

    It’s very unsafe to go for a walk in WB or even walk to the bus station. Many dog owners leave their dogs roaming around and I was attacked more than once

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t know that police had rescue dogs.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the rescue, RCIPS. …. Please, dog owners, be responsible and keep your dogs contained on your property. It’s the law, and it prevents situations like this from happening.

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    • Anonymous says:

      My dogs run around our close and know where home is. This also serves to keep out unwanted interlopers away from the area.

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      • Anonymous says:

        And annoy all the persons who have no desire to be chased, bitten or set upon

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      • Anonymous says:

        Please post your address so the DOA can pay you a visit

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      • Anonymous says:

        Anonymous 4:38, what makes you think that a person innocently walking through or cycling through your “close” in necessarily an unwanted interloper?

        I’m sorry but it is arrogant of you to think you are doing anyone a favour by letting your dogs run around. I truly hope they never end up hurting or terrifying a child.

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