THE wife of the owner of a pitbull that mauled a neighbour last Thursday at Fyzabad, yesterday said the dog was behind bars of burglar-proofing when the attack occurred.
Seeta Nagessar, of Guapo Main Road, said she was sorry for the attack and the family was willing to assist victim Dhanwatie Rampersad-Declou after she is discharged from hospital.
Rampersad-Declou, 32, a mother of four, last week underwent surgery to her left leg after the she was bitten by a pitbull at Nagessar's home.
The dog, a four-year-old named Max, is owned by Nagessar's husband, Darrel Nagessar, a police officer.
Nagessar said the incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m., when Rampersad-Declou came to her home to enquire about work.
Nagessar said: "The burglar-proofing was closed and she spoke to us through the gate. Max came walking behind my mother-in-law because he is very close to her and follows her everywhere."
She said when Rampersad-Declou saw the dog, she panicked. "She bawled out and the dog grabbed her leg.
"He did not let go. My brother-in-law and mother-in-law stuck their hands into his mouth to get him off her leg," said Nagessar.
Rampersad-Declou was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital, where she remained up to yesterday.
Vice-president of the Trinidad and Tobago Canine Advocates group Jean-Claude Al-Jmayel yesterday appealed to dog owners to have their dogs trained, well socialised and secured.
Fyzabad police are continuing investigations.