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Woman mauled by Pitbull in Sea Cows Bay

- dog has since been ‘put down’
A woman is hospitalised with severe injuries after being attacked by a Pitbull in Sea Cows Bay, on the main island of Tortola, on Friday May 17, 2019. Photo is not of actual dog involved. Photo: USA Today
According to a relative of the woman attacked by a Pitbull, she (victim) had to undergo some 7 hours of surgery at Peebles Hospital today, May 20, 2019. Photo: Facebook
According to a relative of the woman attacked by a Pitbull, she (victim) had to undergo some 7 hours of surgery at Peebles Hospital today, May 20, 2019. Photo: Facebook
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- A woman is hospitalised with severe injuries after being attacked by a Pitbull in Sea Cows Bay, on the main island of Tortola, on Friday May 17, 2019.

According to reports reaching our newsroom, the woman was badly bitten about the body, including her face.

According to a woman who claimed to be a relative of the victim, she (victim) had to undergo some 7 hours of surgery at Peebles Hospital today, May 20, 2019.

“She is unrecognizable.... Some people have aggressive dogs, no fences, no chains, and no care for people. The dogs didn’t have any shots, no papers, and recklessly roamed the streets,” the woman wrote on the Facebook page, BVI Community Board, this afternoon.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), through its Acting Press officer Akia L. Thomas, confirmed the attack to Virgin Islands News Online.

Thomas also noted the dog that carried out the mauling has since been euthanised.

“Yes, I can confirm that a lady was bitten in Sea Cows Bay on Friday May 17. I can also confirm that the dog has been put down,” Ms Thomas stated.

27 Responses to “Woman mauled by Pitbull in Sea Cows Bay”

  • Guest (20/05/2019, 16:44) Like (3) Dislike (31) Reply
    How is it they say the “dogs” but then only reference one dog????
    • Mr ching (20/05/2019, 19:26) Like (30) Dislike (3) Reply

      Don’t be a j**k@$$ u fully well know what the news talking about cuz looks like u have some bad dogs to

  • Damon (20/05/2019, 17:02) Like (28) Dislike (5) Reply
    So sad..I pray she will be ok though she will not only have physical scars but internal ones as well..they are a very dangerous breed of dogs.. this isn’t the first time this type of dog mauled someone..at times persons rear them as pets but that doesn’t make them less dangerous ..owners need to be more responsible.. that poor lady could have lost her life..in some situations owners can be charged for this type of injury caused..
    • Yellow trousers (21/05/2019, 08:19) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      This is very sad and I believe the owners should be help responsible. Poor woman, I wish you a speedy recovery.
      Please let’s not forget dog fighting is a sport here so dogs are raised to be aggressive and treated badly with much abuse and neglect.
      Just saying.
  • ... (20/05/2019, 17:11) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    oh no how sad
  • Go (20/05/2019, 17:21) Like (75) Dislike (2) Reply
    The owner needs to go to jail for negligence leading to actual bodily harm.
  • Permanent DN (20/05/2019, 20:25) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Dog and the Owner.
  • New law needed? (20/05/2019, 20:53) Like (30) Dislike (9) Reply
    Whilst a dog is only as bad as its owner, some breeds should not be allowed in the territory for the safety and wellbeing of the public as they have a greater tendancy to be aggressive. BVI - get a dangerous dogs act like the UK.
  • Hmm (20/05/2019, 20:54) Like (24) Dislike (6) Reply
    Sue the dog owner | set laws in place! Stop the amount of breeding of pet bulls especially the Blue Pet Bulls.
  • sad (20/05/2019, 23:16) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    There are a lot of stray dogs all over the BVI. Something really need to be done.
  • Trini D (20/05/2019, 23:41) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
    There should be a pit bull dog act like my country has
    Too many ppl die and or get badly hurt by those dogs
    • hummm (21/05/2019, 06:20) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
      Some countries u need 2 have a license 2 own a pit bull an once they on the road they hav 2 hav a proctective gear over their mouth or the dog owner will be charged . These dogs are very aggressive dogs.
  • safety first (21/05/2019, 05:29) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    Too many people are being attacked by these dogs in the territory. I don't see why we need to have them here. They are aggressive dogs and sometimes even their owners can't handle them. Many times I see them walking their owners.
    I think the agricultural (vetinary) division, with help, should do island wide survey to see how many of these animals we have here and under what conditions they are being kept. If u don't have a properly fened yard, you should not be permitted to keep them. Having them chained up day and night is not only inhumane but it contributes to their aggression.
    • @## (21/05/2019, 09:35) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well said.

      People walk these roads everyday. These owners know better. This is something that needs to be corrected wirh proper safety regulations put in place. Serious fees attached if owners do not comply.

      Remember , this lady almost lost her life in this madness.
  • me again (21/05/2019, 07:28) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ Safety First. U said it ALL
    If only “the powers that be “ would listen
  • concern (21/05/2019, 09:40) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dogs are as dangerous as the owners that raise them. Solution for the BVI is two phases 1) All dogs should be registered to owners and tagged 2.) Establish a no leash law where dogs are not allowed to walk the streets without a leash or owners will be liable.
  • Drawin (21/05/2019, 10:23) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    What about the loose cats?
    No cat license ?
    • concern (21/05/2019, 13:18) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Show me proof that a house cat mauled a woman nearly to death then we can talk about licensing cats.
    • lol (21/05/2019, 22:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Too funny
    • E Scott (22/05/2019, 01:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Idiot . This is a serious issue, all dogs can flip and be dangerous the issue is more that some days can do more damage and can kill. A small dog flipping will give a nasty bite but will unlikely kill and seriously hurt somebody. Dangerous and poorly bread dogs should be banned period . Also the small gene pool of dogs on BVI is resulting in dogs with mental issues just like people
  • Free education (21/05/2019, 12:58) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/5-reasons-why-pit-bulls-are-misunderstood/
  • Stop pit bull fighting (21/05/2019, 14:18) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Its illegal but nothing is done about it. I saw a kid kicking its dog to 'make it tough' neanderthals should not be allowed any breed
  • Standards (22/05/2019, 09:56) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    As the mother of a child who previously mauled by a pit bull, I can attest that these dogs can be very dangerous. My daughter at age 7, simply walking home from school was attacked and almost died, but after over 370 stitches to her head, 4 major surgeries later, the grace of God and a lot of prayers, she has survived. We have all gone through this before, but as a Territory and society, we don’t enforce laws. There are laws on the books about pit bulls (and other dangerous breeds of dogs) and the requirement to ensure that they are to be completely fenced in and that the owners should be licensed. Often our people are using these dogs to train and fight and accept no responsibility, no accountability whatsoever when things like this happen. They shrug their shoulders and move on. As a community, we are not proactive about anything. We are reactionary and only respond at the moment that something horrible happens, like that poor woman who was attacked. Where is the owner of this dog?! Where is his accountability?! Why are these dogs continuously roaming the streets at will? Where is the law??In my judgment, the dogs are not the problem, the owners are! And if there is no enforcement in place to protect the community from irresponsible dog owners then these dogs should be banned from the Territory.


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