Dear Barbados Free Press
On Sunday 22nd March 2009 I was one of a large group of hikers, some of whom were American , British , Canadian and European nature enthusiasts exploring the lush, breath taking scenery along the coastal part of St.Lucy on the island of Barbados.
Our bliss, however, was short lived as we looked out onto the Caribbean sea and saw to our horror, in the foreground, the silhouette, of a dead dog hung by his neck under a tree. His jaws rigid and open, seemingly still gasping for breath. A crate was placed just inches under his feet, the scratch marks still visible where he struggled. A length of cord, knotted together was used to haul the animal upwards, deliberately tied to different areas of the tree as one would rig a pulley, in an obvious effort to make this animal suffer a slow and agonizing death. It is also the opinion of a veterinary doctor after he had seen these photographs that this dog was beaten about the head prior to its death.
The Monster Who Did This Walks Among Us
The RSPCA was notified. Their response was “ write a letter to the newspapers”. Where is the the “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” in such a response?
The police were also called. Their response was even worse. No response. (Although a follow up call was made the next day to Constable Best of the police station in that area, who informed us that “ the dog was removed”) .Very impressive! I suppose we should all feel better now .
I do not have to express the disgust and terror felt by my fellow hikers, especially the visitors. A holiday marred by this grizzly scene and to top it all off, the attitudes of the very authorities whose responsibility it is to investigate such complaints and prevent further acts of cruelty.
Animal laws do exist in Barbados but until some police ( and other policy makers) leave the dog fighting arenas at the weekend and change their lax attitudes towards animal cruelty, there will be more scenes like this for tourists to write home about.
Please note that this story along with photographs, has also been sent to the BBC World news, The British Press, Fox News Network, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show and the Canadian Press.
Editor’s Note: BFP received four high-resolution photos from the author of this article. We cropped and softened one using PhotoShop, but we will not be showing the rest of the photos because they are simply too graphic.