PORT OF SPAIN – An 84-year-old great grandmother was yesterday mauled to death by a family pitbull.
Lillian Bunsee had never ventured close to the dogs as she had been attacked in the past, but yesterday morning one of the dogs escaped from its kennel and again attacked her, this time killing her.
Neighbours said the dog was one of approximately 10 which were bred and being given aggression training in preparation for sale by two of the woman’s relatives.
Never once did the residents hear Bunsee scream for help but only noticed she was being attacked as they walked along the roadway close to her home on La Seiva Road, Maraval.
Police said it was shortly after 9 a.m. that the residents saw the woman on the ground with the dog tearing away at her body. They tried throwing boulders at the animal in an attempt to stop it but their efforts were unsuccessful, said officers.
Investigators said several police officers who were on patrol nearby went to the scene after receiving a report and was only able to have the dog stop biting the woman after opening fire on the animal, shooting it six times.
Residents in the area said the officers had no other option but to kill the dog. The other dogs were all locked away in their kennels, they said.
“After the first two shots the dog was still biting the woman, like the shots did nothing to it. The police had to shoot it four more times before it stopped,” said one man.
The resident, who asked that his name not be published, said regardless of the type, he was always opposed to people giving aggression training to dogs within their own household which is shared with other family members.
He said he was also knowledgeable when it came to the training of dogs and disagreed with the decision of the dog’s owner to carry out the training at the house.
“Aggression training within your own environment and training of dogs within your own household where you have ageable people or family members in your house is a no no. Aggression is not the type of training to do within that environment. High potency dog food and aggression training in the home environment is creating a time bomb and it is just a matter of time before tragedy strikes,” he said.
Detectives from the Port of Spain Criminal Investigations Department led by ASP Ajith Persad went to the scene and detained the man who owned the dog.
Up to yesterday evening he was in custody at the CID office along St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain. (Express)