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What to do when dogs attack

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 6:25 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Assistant Editor - Online

There have been heightened discussions about public safety after a pack of dogs attacked and killed a man in St Catherine last month.

Sixty-six-year-old Whittington Cole of Hampton Green in Spanish Town in the parish was walking in his community when he was viciously attacked and killed by the dogs.

Some in the society have called for action from the government.

Earlier this week, Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw said the Government is prepared to ban certain types of dogs from entering the country in order to protect Jamaicans from being attacked and killed by these animals.

"Before we are forced to do that, what I want to suggest is, instead of having the Government taking drastic action like banning certain types of dogs in this country, I am now warning everybody, go and protect your dogs, and protect our community and protect our children," Shaw said.

The Gleaner spoke with Pamela Lawson, Executive Director of the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, about ways to prevent dog attacks and how individuals can be safe in the event that one occurs.

See more in the video below.

WATCH: Attacking dogs 


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