No need for three-dog fright
THERE IS NO NEED for people to fear being attacked by the three dogs which have been mauling turtles along the South Coast.
This is the view of Animal Control Officer Peter Belgrave, who was speaking as his department, the Animal Control Centre, promised to launch efforts to trap the three dogs this week.
But Belgrave said he did not get the impression the dogs would attack people, a fear that had been expressed by director of public awareness and education at the Barbados Sea Turtle Project, Carla Daniel.
“Only if they were backed into a corner,” Belgrave told Heather-lynn’s Habitat, when asked if he thought the dogs were a danger to people.
“As with all predatory animals, if you back them in a corner, you never know what they would do, but generally speaking they are not trusting of humans. They are more looking for food and the mere fact, from what was indicated, that they are just biting the turtles, and not actually eating the turtle flesh, would be an indication that it might, unfortunately, just be a game for them,” he said.
The dogs attacked seven turtles between July and the end of September, killing two of them. The other five made it back into the water after the dogs were chased off by Sea Turtle Project volunteers or people on the beach.
The pack appears to be based in Harts Gap, Christ Church, said Belgrave, but was ranging from Hilton Beach to the KFC area of the Richard Haynes Boardwalk in Hastings.
Belgrave said the Animal Control Centre also found two more dogs which seemed to be frequenting the boardwalk.
The problem, he added, was that the dogs were being fed by people.
“Again what we find is that tourists, more or less, once they see dogs around, they would actually feed the dogs.
“That is one of the challenges we face, in that some people do not understand that once you start to feed a dog, it would encourage that dog to come to that particular environment. Then that can create problems for businesses, for patrons and for persons who are just using the boardwalk.”
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