AN 84-year-old great grandmother was mauled to death by a pitbull at La Seiva Road, Maraval today. Liliann Bunsie was bitten multiple times, and despite her relatives trying to fend off the attack, the dog
kept on biting.
When police arrived, they had to fire eleven bullets before the dog died.The dog was one of at least ten being kept on the property
by two relatives were breeding the animals for sale.
Bunsie had been bitten in the past, the Express was told. A veterinarian was later called to confirm that the dog was a pitbull, which is considered a dangerous animal according to the Dog Control Bill. The Bill was recently passed in Parliament but has not been proclaimed law by the President.
Section 19 of the Dog Control Bill states -
(1) Where a class A dog injures a person, without reasonable cause whether in a public place or on private premises, the owner or keeper of the dog commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one hundred thousand dollars and to imprisonment for five years.
(2) Where a class A dog kills a person or causes the death of a person, without reasonable cause, the owner or keeper of the dog commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of two hundred thousand dollars and to imprisonment for ten years
CLASS A dogs are identified in the Bill as -
1. Pitbull Terrier or any dog bred from the Pitbull Terrier.
2. Fila Brasileiro or any dog bred from the Fila Brasileiro.
3. Japanese Tosa or any dog bred from the Japanese Tosa.
Police have detained a relative at the Port of Spain CID.
(from the Multimedia Desk)