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TCI: You need a cutlass, not a stick to walk in Leeward

#Providenciales, January 25, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – In desperation, a man kicks and strikes and eventually chops a pack of vicious dogs with a cutlass in order to save a female walker and her pet from being mauled to death in Leeward, Providenciales.

The unprovoked attack happened on Tuesday and violently unfolded as his toddler looked on in terror from his vehicle.

The man, who pulled over in order to stop the frightening assault has asked Magnetic Media to expose the situation in the hope of something being done to remedy the dangerous reality for residents of the residential community which flanks the #worldsnumberonebeach; Grace Bay.

Within minutes, we learned that this attack by dogs was a normal problem for the area, and has forced those wanting to keep fit, out their community to safer spots to walk and jog.

The canine gang of collared and stray dogs, including the often outlawed pitbull, has been ruling the streets – uninterrupted – for over a year.  Magnetic Media was informed that the savage pack is as many as 30 owned and ferral dogs.

Last year, in #StLucia, a man was attacked by pitbulls through a fence as he spoke to their lady owner. The dogs bit off a piece of his penis, reports the St Lucia News.

Also in 2018, a 66-year old man in St. Catherine, #Jamaica was bitten all over his body by a pack of four dogs – pitbulls and rottweilers.  The Jamaica Observer said, the savage canines even tore off both the old man’s ears. The man died due to severe blood loss when a bite punctured an artery.

A tourist to Harbour Island in The #Bahamas posted being attacked by ‘potcake’ dogs while out jogging; there were scratches and bruises and the dogs stopped once summoned by their owner.

All of these cases were from last year.

A 2004 study by a student of the now, University of The Bahamas is the most recent document we could find online to capture the problem of vicious dog attacks in the #Caribbean region.

W.J. Fielding wrote: “Thirty-two participants from eight territories on 12 islands, representing 15 animal welfare groups completed forms. The territories (and islands) were: Anguilla, Antigua, The Bahamas (Grand Bahama, New Providence), Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico, Vieques, Dutch St. Maarten, St. Lucia, US Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas), The Turks and Caicos (Providenciales).

In 2004, these countries reported that seven people had died due to dog attacks. Most involved breeds which are on the world’s deadliest dogs list: pitbulls and rottweilers.  The most deadly dog is the Chinese chow-chow, according to many lists.

The little dog trying to protect its owner in Leeward Tuesday was very badly injured by the monster dogs which only relented due to the cutlass chops.  The young man explained he was trying not hurt the pack, but the savagery of the situation forced his hand.  He said, the woman scooped up her pet and ran off yelling ‘thank you’ to the man.

We concur, because here was a person ready to risk his safety and acted heroically to save lives.







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