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'More stray dog attacks possible'

Published:Friday | March 25, 2011 | 3:00 AM
Youngsters from Clinton Pen, west Kingston, more popularly known as 'Boat Island', stand next to their canine pet in the vicinity of where a child from the community was attacked and killed this week by wild dogs. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

One animal welfare organisation has raised concerns that there could be more dog-attack incidents in the west Kingston community of Clinton Pen, popularly known as 'Boat Island', where a three-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of about six canines on Tuesday.

Representatives of the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA), who visited the community yesterday, warned that "without a doubt" the problem lies with the number of "stray" dogs in the community that are left to fend for themselves.

"If they don't get sufficient food, they are going to get into groups ... just like with youngsters. If they don't have enough physical and mental stimulation, they are going to get into a group of their own and they are going to end up getting in trouble," JSPCA Managing Director Pamela Lawson explained.

Residents of this small community, located off Spanish Town Road, near the motor-vehicle examination depot, told The Gleaner yesterday that three-year-old Dimitri Thomas wandered outside his home shortly after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and was mauled by the pack of dogs.

Police reports are that the incident occurred after Thomas was left at home by his 26-year-old mother who went to a nearby shop to buy food and asked a neighbour to watch him.

Despite this, scores of residents gathered inside the community yesterday to offer comfort and support to the young woman they described as a good mother.

The JSPCA, as part of its attempt to help the community, agreed to undertake a twofold mission to remove the dogs involved in Tuesday's attack from the area and educate residents on how to care for their animals.

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