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Animal rights group fear more dog attacks

Published:Thursday | March 24, 2011 | 5:25 PM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) is raising concerns that there could be a repeat of recent dog attacks if the animals are left unattended.

The comment comes in light of the attack of a three year-old boy by a pack of six dogs on Tuesday in the west Kingston community of Clinton Pen, popularly known as 'Boat Island'.

A team from the Society visited the community today.

Managing Director of the JSPCA, Pamela Lawson, says the problem lies with the number of stray dogs that are not being cared for.

Lawson says when left unattended and without food, these animals tend to form groups and hunt for food.

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

Lawson says two dog traps would be left in a section of the community to provide a humane way to catch the dogs and that her organisation would respond quickly to remove the animals from the trap.

In addition, she says the JSPCA will return to the community in two weeks to conduct a clinic to treat animals there.