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Pet dogs allegedly hanged for killing chickens in Anegada

- Owner seeking justice for alleged horrific act
The two dogs that were allegedly hanged for killing their neighbour's chickens on Anegada. Photo: Provided
Mr Kenny Francis with one of his dogs. The Anegada resident has accused his neighbour of hanging two dogs belonging to his children. Photo: Provided
Mr Kenny Francis with one of his dogs. The Anegada resident has accused his neighbour of hanging two dogs belonging to his children. Photo: Provided
According to Mr Kenny Francis, his two sons Kehlon and Kenyon Francis are devastated at the alleged tragedy that has befallen their pets. Photo: Provided
According to Mr Kenny Francis, his two sons Kehlon and Kenyon Francis are devastated at the alleged tragedy that has befallen their pets. Photo: Provided
SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI – The Francis family of Anegada is calling on the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and others concerned to investigate an alleged case of animal cruelty after two of its pets were allegedly hanged by a neighbour.

The two dogs, Rasco and Rico, allegedly made their way out of their owners’ yard on Wednesday October 21, 2015 and reportedly killed some chickens in a neighbour’s yard.

Mr Kenny Francis told Virgin Islands News Online that shortly after 6:00am on the day in question his family was awakened by a loud knocking on the door and upon checking he was met by a young boy who reportedly told him that a man had hanged his dogs because they killed his chickens.

“The first thing that struck me when we heard the knocking on the door was the dogs were not barking and that is strange because no one can enter this yard without those dogs barking,” he related.

“When I come to the door there was this young kid telling me some man hang my dogs because they eat some fowls and I owe he six hundred dollars.”

Mr Francis said that on receiving the information and not seeing the dogs in their usual place in the yard he immediately made contact with the police and informed them of his dogs being missing and what was told to him by the boy.

“I didn’t go to the man house (name called) because I know myself. I would have tripped, I done had too many run-ins with the police and I don’t want to get myself into no trouble,” Mr Francis said.

He alleged that much to his surprise he was told by the police that there was no grounds for them to lay any charges as it related to the hanging of the dogs. “But I am pursuing this. This was clear cruelty to animals and more than anything my boys crying every morning before they go to school because it’s their dogs.”

The boys, Kehlon Francis and Kenyon Francis, are 9 and 10 years of age respectively.

Francis also said he strongly believes his dogs may have been deliberately taken out of the yard as when he went out to the road there was a dead chicken on the road and not in the accused yard.

“I tell my children stay away from that man’s children because if anything happen I will flip,” he said.

Meanwhile, Police Information Officer Diane Drayton confirmed that the RVIPF has received a report of the dogs being hanged and that investigations are ongoing.

38 Responses to “Pet dogs allegedly hanged for killing chickens in Anegada”

  • .. (23/10/2015, 11:39) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Dammn I need to go Anegada.
  • Yes (23/10/2015, 11:42) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    they should hang some of hoes cows too
  • YOLO (23/10/2015, 11:48) Like (20) Dislike (42) Reply
    Good job Mr.....those dogs could of go on a rampage And kill someone child. They suppose to be fence in there yard or tie like the animal they are.....5 years ago I got attack by 6 dogs and police ain't did jack about it.....I got scared and memories so to ease my pain every dog I see loose I run them down or beat them to me something
  • MUBEE (23/10/2015, 12:11) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    Dont do nothing lad.... I woulda POIZON the rest of his chickens and any future livestock he will have ... if he want to play bad man !!!!
  • OK Kenny (23/10/2015, 12:20) Like (16) Dislike (14) Reply
    I do no know you, but your own statement..."i done had too many run ins with the police" reveals much about your character. Cute dogs. The one with you in the picture, is that a pit bull mix?
    Seems like your neighbour reached a boiling point and put an end to your arroganct ignorance.
    By the way, letting your dogs run loose is the cruelest of neglect.
    So good luck, take care of your children responsibly and teach them by example.
    • Dog owner (23/10/2015, 16:05) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      I agree with you Kenny. Another thing I don't like is people driving w unrestrained dogs. Its not a safe practice. Just saying. I have 2 dogs myself and they are my pets not a nuisance to my neighbors. Jeez, and yes Im a local.
  • Disturbed (23/10/2015, 12:40) Like (32) Dislike (9) Reply
    What is wrong with you other commenters? These are living creatures that did nothing. They're dogs and they don't have understanding of things like boundaries and other people's property. They are dogs so they have an instinct to hunt and kill. They were just doing what they were breed to do. It's up to us as human beings to talk to their owners and find a way to get along and pay for damages. These dogs didn't deserve this and that neighbour really should go to jail or at least be fined. Those dogs look like they were loved and those kids had to be pretty heart broken to have heard what happened to their pets. This is just straight up cruelty and imagine what those kids learnt today? Did they learn to keep their pets on leashes? Probably but they also learnt that it's okay to just mistreat animals and take their life for no other reason than callousness. They learnt not to think about the situation and just take your anger out on living things because you think they hurt you. This story is just sickening and it's even more sickening to see people praising this. I understand that there are people who think they're above animals but regardless these were still living things with feelings and they didn't deserve this.
    • @Disturbed (23/10/2015, 13:55) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply

      In civil societies where a dog ravages another life, be it human or otherwise, the dog is euthanised.
      In this case two dogs left unattended,running amok,no leashes . Their victim could have been a child or even an adult but they have demonstrated that they are not domesticated and a danger to civlians.
      • Disturbed. (23/10/2015, 16:02) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        That is true. I personally am against euthanising animals because they bite but you're right. The family should have kept them indoors at night or on a leash. It was irresponsible of them to leave the dogs to roam all night without supervision. That being said, I still think it was wrong for the neighbour to put it upon himself to punish the dogs. They shouldn't have been punished the fault was with the owners of the dogs. I understand the frustration of animal owners who get their animals killed because of neglectful dog owners but it just seems malicious when things play out this way. I can't help but to be put off by stories like these. It's just one of the worse truths about human nature to come out, in my opinion. If we can't treat animals (who are forced to live in the world according to our laws and wills without having an understanding of them) well how can we expect to treat human beings (who will eventually learn the laws and create their own wills) well?

        I know some people don't like equating animals to humans and think we're in a different rank (I think so too) but this is another life. I don't like life to be lost for selfish and cruel reasons and this was selfish and cruel. Those dogs didn't have to die. We can do better than this and by condoning these actions, we are just allowing for things like this to keep happening.
        • @Disturbed (25/10/2015, 19:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          It is not about punishing the dogs. The intent was to remove an immediate threat to lives. Those dogs didn't have to die? Well neither did the chickens.Who musst die? A person. Was he suppose to watch until or if the cops arrived as the dogs killed and ate more of his chickens or turn on him? People amaze me with their choice of pets and rational when an inevitable tragedy strikes. I can't imagine your reaction if it was a pet python.
          The truth about human nature is that they are like all animals. They instintcively and immediately react in a manner that would put a full stop to a killer of one of their own.

  • Listen (23/10/2015, 13:27) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply

    When your animals are destroyed while trespassing on someone else property, YOU are the problem.
  • Analyst (23/10/2015, 15:04) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    The dogs couldn't be too ferocious if they allowed the man to put a rope around their neck. Cruel indeed.
    • True (25/10/2015, 23:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      the dogs were dead before they got a rope round their necks to hang them
  • See It Clear (23/10/2015, 15:30) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Killing a dog / puppies for killing chicken is like cutting the A$$ of a child that toss your iPhone in a bucket of water
  • Truth (23/10/2015, 16:17) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whatever the circumstances, incidences like this could seriously affect Anegada tourism. Remember the shark whose capture went viral?
    • What shark (23/10/2015, 16:53) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
      One weirdo from Virgin Gorda Jumping on every post is viral? Get a clue - people here care more about people. The expats look out for themselves and animals. Wait - they think the natives are animals from what I read above, so that adds alot of credence to their perception of these occurrences (sarcasm).
    • Tortola (23/10/2015, 19:46) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Remember America and Europe better not forget
      • Oh Jeez (25/10/2015, 14:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        So you really thing America/Europe cares about a Black wanna be thug with two wild pitbulls who were put to death for a killing spree?
        Pleease.. America/Europe have strict laws against pitbulls and their owners. They have been there and took action. They protect their folks. In the BVI, folks are forced to protect themselves.
  • TAKE THAT KENNY (23/10/2015, 19:55) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    LOL.. you say BADMAN dont call police ...lolol but look at you now ....look how long ppl of anegada talkin about you and them dogs ....its about time!CALL CNN NOW!you talkin about ...“I didn’t go to the man house (name called) because I know myself. I would have tripped!LOLOLOL GOOOOOO!!! ill pay to see you!!! oh you know better!! I tell my children stay away from that man’s children because if anything happen I will flip???????????,” lolol OMG dont flip see if you can flyyyyy!!! lolol
  • Backward (24/10/2015, 04:58) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sad that animals are treated so cruelly and that the Police dont take action. I have often wondered about the compassion of people who mistreat their pets, for instance dogs on short chains in the hot sun. People love animals the world over, so what message does this behaviour send from the BVI.
    • NHI (24/10/2015, 20:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      When ASPCA ready about this no more tourist coming to the BVI. That is to show you how much the government cares about animals in the BVI that there is no law to protect them. That person who kill those animals got no heart and is a coward. All the animal lovers need to protest this and make government make a law for the sake of those loving creatures that the lord put on this earth. It hurt me deep inside when I just read the headline.
      • @NHI (25/10/2015, 19:21) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
        Oh Please! Why don't you do your research and see how many pitpulls have been put to death and how many oftheir owners have been imprisoned and/or fined in the countries form where tourists originate. Tourists should breathe a sigh of relief and hope there are no more pitpulls running amok on this dot of an Island. It could have been one of them that were attacked. The man committed a community service by disposing of these two unsupervised and deadly pitbulls.
        • NHI (26/10/2015, 07:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Oh you sound so heartless. The lord made these animals and we should love them.
  • rat general (24/10/2015, 08:49) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    we going after this evil act!
  • Fam (24/10/2015, 13:41) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    People keep out of family dispute. The only reason Kenny ain't play bad man with this person is because he meet a real bad man. The person kill your dogs and then send someone to tell you he did. How come you ain't flip on he? Why cause you know with he you got to commit. Now that said both of you guys are sick. Each of you will be charge and the dogs dead chicken dead and family relationship dead over ignorance that could have been avoided.
  • Duck1951 (24/10/2015, 20:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    These dogs appear to be pit bulls and if so the owners are responsible for their behaviors. however taking the laws in one's own hands are not right either. There should be a local ordinance governing these type of dogs where if they cross the line they should be euthanized .
  • Anegada resident (24/10/2015, 22:03) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
  • rock city (25/10/2015, 08:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Well I hope that I Do Not see you down Rock spurring any more fighting cocks or attending anymore pittbull fights .You were always the Loudest at these events. Return the Trophies you won for the Quickest Kills.

  • Observer (25/10/2015, 09:24) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    @Anegada Resident: Very strong points. From all the comments I read, it is good to know that a child or adult did not get attacked/killed by these dogs. I do not rejoice at the killing of the dogs, or trivialize the killing of the chickens, however, if we are not forgetful we would remember that a few years ago a little girl was attacked, almost killed by a pit bull that broke away from its leash. A witness eventually resorted to busting the head of the dog to save the girl's life. I believe that the owner was eventually charged. The Animal Shelter personnel were very vocal in the matter as well. I believe that the existing laws that pertain to owners of pitbulls/dogs and their need to restrain them for public safety, were highlighted. I believe this incident, unfortunate as it is, should propel animal advocates e.g. The Humane Society to regularly educate the public on the care and securing of their pitbulls/dogs. This would go a long way in preventing one's "pet/s" from posing a nuisance, threat or worse, preying on members of the public (family, neighbor, visitor etc.).
    • I can see (25/10/2015, 11:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Those pics are of his kids when they were younger
      Why aren't they in pics hugged up with the so-called 'family ' pets. The guy with the chickens has kids too, younger than the dog owner's kids . People wake up!! The chicken owner has the right to protect his property, kids and animals ... To the dog owner .. You escaped the law once or twice .. Best you stay quiet , maybe try cats as pets instead of dogs
  • Yes I (25/10/2015, 10:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What hurts the most is the kids of Anegada seeing this type of behavior among friends and family. We have a duty of care to life. That is, humans first and animals after. The two issues here is the protection of the public and then protect of the animals. It was the dog owner responsibility to ensure his animals are not stray on the street. People have kids and if a kid was bitten the consequences would be far worst. The other is killing of animal. How can a man who love his animals so much kill another. Why wasn't a phone call or conversation had. Folks we got to do better.
  • True (25/10/2015, 23:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    no phone call was made due to the dogs being killed while they were attacking and killing the guys chickens, only after they ere killed where they hung up for the owner to come and collect.
  • craig (28/10/2015, 23:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I live in Tortola. My neighbors allow their dogs to walk around with no leashes, they bark all day and night and chase cars. Reporting this has been a joke to Agriculture and they do not come out here to investigate. These neighbors play loud vulgar music from morning till evening and again, my complaints fall on deaf ears. When I bought my home here, they did not live here and it was peaceful and quiet, now all of that has changed and I am selling to move somewhere else. The owners of these animals don't give a damn about what is right and these dogs have never been to a vet and they keep breeding and they also have goats now. I can understand the frustration of the chicken owner, but I feel like killing the animal owner not the animals.

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