Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Dog was behind bars during attack

Pitbull owner's wife:


The scene: Seeta Nagessar, wife of pitbull owner Darrel Nagessar, yesterday indicates the area in front of the steel gate at her Fyzabad home, where Dhanwatie Rampersad-Declou was bitten by a pitbull last week. Rampersad-Declou is at the San Fernando General Hospital, nursing injuries to her left leg sustained during the attack. —Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

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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.