By Demion McTair. Updated 7:37 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2020 Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – As part of his daily routine, Angus Dabreo would go jogging around his community on either early mornings or late evenings to stay fit.
In an article sent to One News SVG, Dabreo said many other persons would walk or jog on early mornings, or evenings as a means of exercising and staying fit.
He said, however, that while this is done, “we are faced with dogs ambushing us from all angles and some of these dogs are very vicious and ferocious!”.
It wasn’t long enough before Dabreo would come face-to-face with a vicious dog attack.
Dabreo said that “a week or so I was walking in the Rillan Hill area when a big black dog attacked me and in the process of warding it off by using my feet as a defense, I eventually fell flat on my bottom in the middle of the road”.
“I couldn’t move because my back got injured due to the weight that I fell with” – Dabreo stated in his article.
Dabreo added that “I could have been killed in the process if a vehicle was traveling in either direction because it took me a while before I could have gotten up from off the pitch”.
“I just couldn’t move. My exercising for that evening abruptly ended as I had to return Home. I am still experiencing pains in my lower back as a result of the fall” – he said.
The Clare Valley resident said that the problem with untied dogs let lose on public roads and attacking people needs urgent attention and must be dealt with.
“The situation is that there are households in this country that have numerous amounts of dogs. Some of these dogs are not tied or kenneled but are left to roam the streets or been left to “rush ” passersby as they go along their journey” – Dabreo said.
He said his concerns surround what avenue the law provide to address the problem of dogs attacking People.
“If someone eventually kills one or two of these dogs how will the law deal with that, is there going to be a public service program to encourage or inform residents to either tie their dogs or kennel them etc?” – Mr. Dabreo said.
Dabreo said that we need to be able to use the streets of this country without encumbrances from dogs at any time we choose to.