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Dogs involved in iguana attack

May 15th, 2008 | By | Category: Blues in the Local Press


Dogs involved in iguana attack 

Posted Thursday, 15 May 2008

 George Town(CNS): Investigations into the deaths of seven Blue Iguanas at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on the night of Saturday 3 May have revealed that some of the Blues suffered dog bites in the attack.

“An autopsy conducted by the Department of Agriculture indicated that five of the deaths are consistent with dog bites. However, human involvement is not being ruled out at this stage,” said Carla Reid, Chair of the National Trust, who was present at a multi-agency discussion held on the case recently.

Police are still pursuing leads involving humans and are also now seeking information from the public regarding possible sightings of dogs being walked or accompanied by owners in the area on that night, and any information on dogs which have appeared in neighbourhoods with injuries.  

The moment the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) were made aware of the incident, an investigation began which included scenes of crime officers processing evidence, and the RCIPS is following up numerous lines of enquiry as a result of that.

“Officers are working hard on this investigation,” said RCIPS Area Commander, Chief Inspector Richard Barrow. “We have spoken with a number of people who have, at this time, been ruled out of the enquiry. We have also examined several dogs which have also been ruled out. At this point we are keeping an open mind about what may have happened and are keen to determine the circumstances that led to the deaths of the iguanas.” 

Officers investigating the incident are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. “Even something that may not seem significant could help with our enquiries. In light of the autopsy information, we would like information on dogs that were either seen in the area on the night of the attack or animals that frequent that area, whether accompanied by an owner or not,” Mr. Barrow added. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bodden Town Police Station on 947-2220 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $11,000 should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs. 

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