Thursday 5 December, 2019

Update: Dog was not dumped but was being exercised, said owner

Update Sunday July 21, 2019, 3:54 pm:

After photos were shared online of what appeared to be a dog being dumped in the Central area, another Facebook user said he made contact with the man in question who said he was 'exercising the dog'.

Facebook user Nicholas Hajaree said in a Facebook post around 3:00 pm Sunday he made contact with the individual who had been seen in other photos allegedly driving away from a dog along Esperanza Road, near the UTT Point Lisas campus.

"I ended up locating the owner after I had no success in locating the dog. He was parked at a bar and the dog was in the back seat of the car."

"He told me he was exercising the dog to help it burn off some energy and disciplining him. I tried to see if he was willing to let go of the dog but he said that he's not for sale. To his credit though the dog seems to be well-fed and taken care of. Watch carefully you can see the pup in the back seat of the car," he said, along with a video which was posted to social media. 

The development comes after another Facebook user shared photos to animal welfare page Pet Rescues TT on Sunday morning showing a dog which he said had been left behind by a man in the area. 

Animal cruelty is punishable by law: Under Section 79 of the Summary Offences Act, anyone found guilty of ill-treating any animal is liable to a $400 or two months jail time. 

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said earlier this year that he would be cracking down on animal cruelty through specially assigned officers who would be tasked with dealing with these matters. 

 

Original story:

A Facebook user shared photos of a man he said was seen allegedly dumping a dog in Central Trinidad.

The man shared the photo to Facebook after taking photos of the incident, which he said took place on Sunday along Esperanza Road, near to the UTT Point Lisas Campus.

"This man have nothing better to do but dump his dog alive. Dog tried running down d car but pappy press out we!!!"

The man said the driver even allegedly reversed and appeared to hit the dog before driving away.

“What got me mad is he reversed and bounce the dog,” the witness said.

Citizens condemned the cruel act.

Mala Singh: “I wonder if this stinking man have children of his own??? Cause he could easily dump them to if he gets fed up of them.”

Brandi Welch Lewis: “Isn't this considered animal cruelty, therefore prosecutable?”

Azad Shah: “This is animal cruelty. The police should be called.”

Namzz Namzz: “Please go to the nearest police station and make a report. Show them the pics. Get a receipt.”

Citizens are offering to help treat the wounded dog; anyone who has seen the animal is asked to contact their local veterinarian or animal welfare organisation.

Animal cruelty is punishable by law: Under Section 79 of the Summary Offences Act, anyone found guilty of ill-treating any animal is liable to a $400 fine or two months jail time. 

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said earlier this year that he would be cracking down on animal cruelty through specially assigned officers who would be tasked with dealing with these matters. 

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