After dogs attacked a woman near Virgin Gorda’s Taddy Bay International Airport on New Year’s Day morning, leaving the victim hospitalised with lacerations on her leg, VG police officers are asking the public to help identify the dogs responsible.
A police search for the dogs following the attack proved futile, Police Information Officer Diane Drayton stated on Jan. 4.
Ms. Drayton reminded the public that people must register their dogs with the Department of Agriculture, and unregistered dogs can be impounded.
Also, dogs must be leashed and accompanied by their owners any time they are outside property boundaries, Ms. Drayton stated.
“Dog owners that are found in breach of this law can be prosecuted, and any dog posing a threat to the public may be terminated,” she noted.
The department has been setting traps in the street to try to capture stray dogs, which are then taken to the Humane Society of the BVI to be evaluated, cared for, and put up for adoption, according to Ms. Drayton.
She added that anyone who tampers with these traps can be prosecuted.
Police are asking anyone with information about the airport attack or the location of the dogs responsible to call the VG police station at 368-9552.