Denise's son shown hugging her casket during funeral services.
Pit Bulls Seized
Chaguanas, Trinidad - On Monday, 46-year old Denise Rackal was brutally mauled to death by a pack of pit bulls belonging to Chaguanas police officer Daryl La Pierre.1 Rackal, a security guard with Personal Safety and Security Training Company Limited, had been walking to work at the time of the incident. According to neighbors, the same dogs killed 15 dogs last year and attacked two people.2 Rackal's family continues to wait for an apology from the dogs' owner.
Scores of angry residents gathered outside the home of the owner of the pitbulls and shouted at the two boys saying they should let the pitbulls out of the house so the dogs could be photographed by media photographers. The two boys and the pitbulls remained inside the tightly shut house.
Newsday understands that the police corporal was not home at the time of the attack and when he heard the news, went to the scene but was quickly whisked away by his police colleagues to the Chaguanas Police Station.
Resident Susan Rivas stood near the house of the pitbulls and shouted, “These dogs must be killed. The owner must face the consequences of his dogs’ actions. A woman is dead.” (Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday)
We have sorrowful, but truthful news for the Rackal family. An apology from the dogs' owner is not coming (it seldom does). One has to remember just how traumatized this dog owner is, after all, his sons had to watch as his five pit bulls ripped apart Denise Rackle's body while she screamed in vain. After the boys managed to call the animals off, they left Rackle bleeding to death in the street. And now, his family pets (the murdering pit bulls) have been seized.
A grieving husband and two children survive Denise.
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2Which apparently, the Chaguanas Police Department did nothing about.
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