Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Georgetown, Guyana - After a spate of violent human maulings by pit bulls, Guyanese authorities have responded to the public outcry and opted to ban future imports of the breed into the South American nation. Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud told reporters the import ban would last until Guyana’s lawmakers review the matter in coming weeks.
At least eight countries worldwide ban the importation of pit bulls.Public debate about the breed erupted when a pit bull escaped from a yard and severely mauled a jogger in the capital. The victim had to be flown to the U.S. for reconstructive surgery to his hands, legs and upper body. In May, a 58-year-old security guard died after he was attacked by a pack of pit bulls.
Pit bulls are often kept as pets in Guyana’s residential areas or for commercial breeding purposes. Current owners of pit bulls will be allowed to keep their dogs only if the animals are registered. Those who don’t comply could have their dogs seized and can be fined.
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| 3/01/2009 9:46 PM |
Don't just ban the importation of pit bulls, regulate the ones that are in the country as well!
Dog bites man’s lips
After a temporary lull in the brutal dog attacks seen last year, the first such reported attack for 2009 took place yesterday morning, when a dog, said to be a mixture of pit bull and some other breed, attacked Sherwyn Johnson, 31.
A close relative later said that for years Johnson had been tormenting and beating the animal.
At the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Johnson’s guardian, Daphne Rogers, explained that Johnson was epileptic and that he was deaf.
“The dog is usually chained, but he broke the chain and attacked Sherwyn today” said Rogers.
Johnson was severely bitten on his lips and was taken to the GPHC where he received treatment for his wounds and was sent away.
Johnson has resided with his guardian in 61 Cross Street, Werk-en-Rust since his mother passed away. Despite the injuries Johnson sustained, Rogers said that the dog was necessary due to the crime rate in the area in which they reside, and as such there is no question of the household disposing of the animal.