Rough, rough for the dogs

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS -

SEV­ERAL DOGS which were res­cued from a St Michael home will have to be put down.

Po­lice sum­moned a team from the An­i­mal Con­trol Cen­tre to the house at Bank Hall dur­ing their search for a miss­ing el­derly man.

An­i­mal Con­trol of­fi­cer Pe­ter Bel­grave told the Bar­ba­dos Na­tion they re­moved 30 dogs from the house and im­pounded 26. The oth­ers were given to fam­ily mem­bers who in­di­cated they would look af­ter the an­i­mals.

“The con­di­tions in which they were found were not the best. That is one of the rea­sons why they were re­moved,” Bel­grave said.

“Some of them def­i­nitely will be eu­thanised be­cause they were in poor con­di­tion. You can imag­ine they would have been in­ter-breed­ing, some of them would have had ec­topar­a­sites, which ba­si­cally means ticks and fleas. Some of them are in­fested with mange.”

He said a de­ci­sion would be made on the re­main­ing an­i­mals.

The alarm was raised when the fam­ily of the el­derly man went to look for him af­ter not see­ing him for sev­eral days.

“I was call­ing him and I ain’t hear him, so I called his sis­ter and told her I was call­ing him and I ain’t hear him. I saw him Mon­day night; I don’t know if they re­ported him miss­ing this morn­ing but I ain’t hear him,” a neigh­bour said.

One of his sis­ters said she feared her brother had died in the house, but he was not there.

Act­ing po­lice pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Act­ing Sta­tion Sergeant Michael Black­man said no of­fi­cial miss­ing per­son’s no­tice was filed. ( SAT)

THE DOGS had ticks, fleas and mange. AN­I­MAL CON­TROL OF­FI­CER Pe­ter Bel­grave (left) load­ing some of the dogs on to a truck.

(Pic­tures by Sandy Pitt.)

THIRTY DOGS were re­moved from this home at Bank Hall, St Michael.

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