Minister: Multiple Incidents Of Cruelty & Injuries

August 2, 2022

“Two straying pitbull dogs gained entry into a home and attacked the resident dog” and in another incident a dog had lesions that “resembled second-degree burns marks” and there are “at least four active pitbull-related matters that DENR will present to the DPP for consideration,” Minister Of Home Affairs Walter Roban said, adding that “incidents of animal cruelty, abandonment and injuries have risen.”

“Latest In A Series Of Matters Involving Pitbulls Over The Last Two Weeks”

Minister Roban said, “The public would recall the incident last week, Wednesday, July 27, on Front Street, Hamilton, involving the Bermuda Police Service that resulted in the death of a pitbull dog.

“I can confirm that Officers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources [DENR] also attended the scene that afternoon.

“While this outcome was unfortunate, it is essential to point out that this incident is the latest in a series of matters involving pitbulls over the last two weeks.

Stray Pitbull With ‘Lesions Resembled Second-Degree Burns Marks”

“On July 21, Animal Wardens collected a stray black and white pitbull in Pembroke. The dog displayed many large, raw skin lesions along its back, from its head to mid-abdomen. The lesions resembled second-degree burns marks, and the dog was in so much pain that the Chief Veterinary Officer elected to euthanatise the animal.

“Unfortunately, because the dog had no means of identification, the owner could not be identified or contacted. It remains unclear whether the lesions were the result of intentional abuse, accidental burn, or scalding, but it is clear that this animal suffered from those wounds and was in pain for several days.

Dogs Attacked Resident Dog, Homeowner Stabbed One Of The Attacking Dogs, Dog Died

“On July 20, Animal Wardens and Police attended the bloody scene of a Warwick residence, where two straying pitbull dogs gained entry into a home and attacked the resident dog. In defence of himself and his dog, the homeowner reportedly stabbed one of the attacking dogs. The stabbed dog died from injuries, and the investigation remains ongoing.

 At Least Four Active Pitbull-Related Matters Will Present To DPP For Consideration

“Photos of these incidents are too gruesome for public consumption.

“These matters highlight the increasing occurrences of illegal dogs, abused animals, unsocialized dogs and irresponsible ownership. Irresponsible keeping has led to attacks on people, animals and neighbours living in fear. It has resulted in at least four active pitbull-related matters that DENR will present to the DPP for consideration.

“The Department has taken a tough stance against owners who commit violations of the Dogs Act 2008 or the Care and Protection of Animals Act 1975. Additionally, Dog Wardens continue to collect animals that go unclaimed and end up euthanatized; there have been 15 cases since May 1.

“When the Government suspended the legal breeding of pitbull dogs, there was a public outcry calling for the relaxation of rules. Since the rules were relaxed, incidents of animal cruelty, abandonment and injuries have risen, and those loud voices have fallen silent.

“I now call upon those voices that advocated for legislative change to support the safe and responsible keeping of all animals,” the Minister said.

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  1. maddog says:

    Since the rules relaxed…incidents of cruelty and abandonment have risen….IT DOES NOT TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO FIGURE THIS OUT…..BAN THEM…. PERIOD. Animals do not have voices, they cannot protect themselves, we are responsible for them….PLEASE HELP THEM.

    What more is it going to take? When is enough, enough?

  2. saud says:

    Growing up in Bermuda, I believed we were a kind, humble society. We’re not. We’re greedy and narcissistic.
    We proudly and loudly discriminate against everyone who isn’t exactly like us.
    We have nothing. We have no exportable natural resources. We manufacture nothing, we have had no interest in bettering ourselves….and becoming world leaders in offshore finance…..Ireland took that title 20 years ago.
    Our tourism product was fresh in 1963….and hasn’t been invested in or improved since.
    We once lent money to the world bank…because we were loaded! Now we’re $4B in debt, and have nothing to show for it.

  3. kevin says:

    Again tell me why we should have taken them off of the restricted list …another great decision made by the government …votes all about votes and no foresight to what the future consequences would be …not if but when
    Fits in with almost all of their decisions …only one way to stop the madness

    • puzzled says:

      Define restricted.

    • Unknown800k says:

      Buying votes. Hows that working out??? We never hear a positive comment from the voters, unless FOF.
      Let’s see how bad it’s can really get we arr already 4th world.
      Island looks like sheet.
      Debt is crazy.
      But egomeir and the proud ministers are glowing.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      “votes all about votes and no foresight ”

      There you go !

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “Again tell me why we should have taken them off of the restricted list”

      Because the dogs are not to blame. The owners and trainers are.

      The dogs that have attacked have been trained to do so. Just like a suicide bomber. Would you blame the child suicide bomber or the person who indoctrinated the child?

      A Pitbull or a Chow or a Rottweiler is no more inherently dangerous than a West Hhighland Terrier or a Poodle

      • sandgrownan says:

        hhahahaha…oh wait…you’re serious? Let’s go to the evidence shall we…

        The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) published a literature review titled “Dog Bite Risk and Prevention: The Role of Breed”. They conclude that there are some breeds that are more highly represented in reported biting incidents.

        Taking out regional factors (you’d expect more dog bites from huskies in Alaska simply because there are more huskies), it seems animal genetics play a significant role either on purpose or inadvertently. Crucially, the creation of a breed is influenced by nature and nurture. This leads to their innate aggression levels.

        You can go read up on it if you wish, but some breeds have more instinctual aggression.

        Of course, the boneheads that bring these breeds in for reasons about which I cannot speculate, should be given the same treatment as the dog.

      • Question says:

        Oh, you’ve appeared again.
        Using that stupid logic, I guess you would argue along the lines ‘guns aren’t dangerous, just the owners’. Mo ro n.

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          Guns to not aim themselves and knives do not move without help

          • Question says:

            So a gun is not inherently dangerous, using your ‘logic’.

            • Joe Bloggs says:

              Correct. An unloaded gun is no more dangerous than a club. Only a sentient being can load a gun, hence my logic.

      • Fisherman says:

        Totally agree with you. You know..train up a child. Goes to for dogs as well.

  4. puzzled says:

    Pit bulls are the problem
    It’s the a-holes that bread them and the people who buy them for…………..

  5. iyiyi says:

    In my trade going to a wide variety of houses i see too many incidences of pit bulls in cages where they spend 90 percent of their time in the cages . I can see it from my front porch in one particular place . The dogs are howling and frustrated …of course they will go wild if they get out and if untrained which these owners obviously do nothing but the bare basics ( if that )leads to these incidents .
    More control of the dogs environment and owners is needed but no money for that so then i agree with the ban on particular breeds that leads to uncaring worthless owners !

  6. Banishment says:

    For the love of all things holy, ban these dogs and keep it that way! Ban them for their sake and for our sake. People shouldn’t be living in fear because their neighbor owns a dangerous dog. Sick to death of all the dog lovers who deny all the atrocious things these dogs do to people and other animals. Other pets matter too so good on that man for stabbing the attacking dog to death, I’d have done the same.

    Mr Roban, I think you need to show us the pictures! Show these people what these so called fur babies do to people and other animals, and show us what the two legged animals do to them. If after seeing these pictures someone still thinks these dogs belong in Bermuda then they have no conscience and shouldn’t be listened to anyway.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “For the love of all things holy, ban these dogs and keep it that way!”

      No, ban the people that create these monsters.

      The dogs are not the problem. It is the people who make them aggressive that are the problem. Lock up the bad people and do not blame the dogs.

      • kevin says:

        Simple response
        Guns dont shoot themselves but should we allow them to be easily purchased and owned
        lets see what common sense reply we get

      • Banishment says:

        Ban them from what? Existing? Owning dogs? Who is going to police that? You expect wardens to drop by these peoples houses every day to make sure they don’t have a dog? Suppose they do have a dog, then what? Fine them? They won’t pay it so who cares. Do you have any realistic solutions? The only realistic solution I can think of is to ban all breeds that have the capabilities to be weaponised, and before you say “any breed can be”, no any breed can’t! which is why bad guys with bad intentions don’t get golden retrievers or poodles, they get pit bulls.

        I will blame the dogs all I like. Certain breeds have higher likelihood to be aggressive, a bad owner on top of that creates an even more dangerous situation. T

    • Fisherman says:

      Akita tore my terrier up… owner was told to replace it n ordered to put their dog down.

  7. Question says:

    Yet another example of irresponsible vote-pandering by the PLP.
    Pit bull owners tend not to be nice people. What a total shock that is.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “Pit bull owners tend not to be nice people”

      I will tell my son, his wife and their daughter you said so. I am sure they well be impressed by your insight.

      • Question says:

        Perhaps you should look up the meaning of the word ‘tend’.

      • sandgrownan says:

        90% of pitbull owners are boneheads. They have pitbulls because they create or add to a tough-guy image. It’s about status. They don’t have pitbulls because they are caring dog owners. Get real.

        IF your son, his wife and their daughter are in the 10%, then apologies to them. If they are in the 90%, then tough sh*t.

  8. maddog says:

    Joe Bloggs – I agree with you it’s not the dogs its the owners. However, clearly, the majority of the type of individuals who want to have a Pit, (and we all know who I mean) are not the responsible type and are not capable of making responsible decisions – so, take it away altogether – they certainly won’t be wanting a terrier or a poodle – so remove the opportunity altogether and protect the poor Pit’s.

    Iyiyi – PLEASE report all of it to the SPCA and the dog warden. You are the dogs only voice – help them

    • iyiyi says:

      The warden went to that spot a couple of years ago and they upgraded the kennel and a proper tarp for shade .
      The problem is as long as you have food , water and shelter and the dogs are physically in good shape they are within the current laws .
      There are no laws that i am aware of that require anyone to exercise your dog daily and show them affection etc. meaning no control over the mental state of the dogs due to neglect .

    • sage says:

      Please elaborate on the type you sugges, who want to have a pit, I am wondering who you mean. There are 9 Belgian Malinois puppies for $3,000 each for sale online, they are high energy, highly capable, bred to attack potentially dangerous dogs and I’m sure they would be a good replacement for those “you know who’s” to buy.

  9. Bright and Early says:

    It’s not the dog breed it’s how the owners handle the dog. Pets need allot of care and love. They will give you much more back and protect you if you only give them a chance and give them all that they need. Perfect example is the owners leaving a mother with 5 pups under a van which the SPCA took in recently. Who in their right mind would do such a thing. If you can’t take care of an animal then call the SPCA they will be more than willing to take care of them.

  10. Triangle Drifter says:

    Agree, don’t blame the breed. Blame the owners. A well brought up pit is one of the most devoted, most fun loving dog there is. How do you filter out the scum of the Earth that some of their owners are.

    These owners are easy to pick out. They are the ones with chains on the dogs suitable for big boats in a hurricane. Who are these fools trying to impress?

  11. trufth says:

    “The Department has taken a tough stance against owners who commit violations of the Dogs Act 2008 or the Care and Protection of Animals Act 1975.”

    That’s absolute HORSE SHYT!!!! That’s a bold faced LIE! Tell us all what the punishment was for the guy who tied a cinderblock around his dog’s neck and threw him off a cliff into the ocean! Tell us all what the punishment was for the jerk that was on video throwing baby lambs off roofs and into picker bushes! Tell us all the punishment for the guy who had his dog chained to the ceiling so he couldn’t even sit down! And so many more…

    And shall we look at the demographic of the people committing these HEINOUS CRIMES AGAINST ANIMALS? Let’s start a conversation about THAT ELEPHANT in the room.

    Animals are supposed to be our pets, members of our families. They need us to care for them. What is wrong with people?