15-month-old mauled by dogs in St AnnThursday, June 24, 2021
ST ANN, Jamaica — The police here say they are probing a dog attack that left a 15-month-old child hospitalised, and one of the child's adult relatives is being investigated for alleged cruelty to animals.
Commanding officer for the parish, Superintendent Dwight Powell, said the child suffered several puncture wounds from the dogs during the incident, which unfolded about 5:00 pm on Tuesday.
He added that the child has been admitted to St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital, but her condition is not considered “very serious”.
"The child was at home [in the Lower Buxton area of Brown's Town] when she was attacked by four dogs from the same yard. The child lives in an extended family setting. Based on our enquiries, I cannot say exactly what transpired why the dogs chose to attack her on this particular day, but this is a yard where the child grew up in. Dogs have always been there," the senior officer told OBSERVER ONLINE. "I understand that the child was watching a few of her cousins getting some goats. She went to a particular section of the yard where the dogs were, and so the dogs viciously attacked and mauled her."
The police are yet to determine if charges will be laid against the owner of the animals.
Superintendent Powell, in the meantime, said his officers are also trying to decide whether an adult male relative of the injured child will be charged for cruelty to the dogs. The police have received reports that an adult relative allegedly chopped two of the dogs after they attacked the child.
"One of the dogs later died and the other is badly wounded," the superintendent revealed.
He added that his officers have sought the intervention of the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA).
"We have reached out to the agency and they promised to visit and to see what exactly can be done [about] those animals," Superintendent Powell said. "Because of the nature of the incident, we have visited and we are looking to see if there is any criminal liability. We will take it from there in terms of getting the matter ventilated before the court."
This is the third dog attack reported in St Ann in recent times. Earlier this month, two dogs mauled an elderly woman in Ocho Rios. She was reportedly walking along the main roadway when she was attacked by the animals that had escaped from their owner's premises. The woman was hospitalised and the dog owner was later slapped with charges of criminal negligence.
In another incident, which took place on November 15 last year, a pack of dogs mauled five-year-old Mickele Allen in St D'Acre. After receiving treatment in the US, he is back home in St Ann. The dogs were humanely put to death.
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