The British Virgin Islands is experiencing an increase in reports of dog attacks and damage to property by animals.
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) said a number of these attacks have been ferocious.
“Earlier in April, a woman was hospitalised after she was attacked by two dogs while walking in the Belmont Estate area. The owner of a goat herd reported that four of his goats were met decapitated in his front yard after admitting that his goats have been jumping the pen and entering his neighbour’s yard,” the RVIPF stated.
And just this past week, three roaming pit bulls reportedly destroyed pieces of outdoor furniture, and attempted to enter the home of a resident in the Chalwell Estate area while he was at home.
On the same day in Long Look, a man showed officers the remains of his dead chickens after his neighbour’s four dogs had entered his property, the police stated.
The police are therefore warning owners of dogs and livestock of their responsibility under the law.
“Owners will be charged criminally for any attacks or damage to property as a result of their unrestrained animals. Similarly, persons found to be intentionally harming or setting poison out to harm or kill animals can also be charged and prosecuted under the Protection of Animals Act, Cap 94, sec 3 (1) (a) for cruelty to animal,” Acting Deputy Police Commissioner St Clair Amory stated.
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