Around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, 11 August 2017, the 9-1-1 Communications Centre received a report of animal cruelty from the Humane Society. The call was regarding a dog that had been brought in for medical assistance by its owner on Tuesday, 8 August. The dog appeared to have burned along its body.
The 9-1-1 dispatcher contacted the Department of Agriculture (DoA) and an Animal Welfare Officer was dispatched immediately. To date, the investigation remains active and contact has been made with the dog’s owner.
At this time, it appears that the dog’s burns are chemical in nature and may be the result of a misguided attempt to control external parasites. The source of these burns continues to be investigated, as well as allegations of neglect.
The DoA is leading the investigation on this case, with support from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Anyone who may have information to assist with this investigation is asked to call the Department of Agriculture’s Animal welfare Officer at 947-3090.
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