Stray dogs creating problems in Vigie

The Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) has called on the authorities to include the organization in any plans to address a problem of stray dogs that is affecting vendors near the George F.L Charles airport.

Vendors interviewed by the Times have reported that stray dogs in the area have become a nuisance to them and visitors to the  Vigie beach area opposite the airport.

One vendor told the Times that the animals sometimes attack people.

Another vendor, James Surage, who sells coconuts in the area, recalled seeing the dogs running and barking after persons on motorcycles.

(James Surage)

“I find that they should keep them away from the beach, I mean if someone comes and ties their dog by the beach there is nothing wrong with that,” Surage stated.

SLAPS President, Pamela Devaux, said the dogs cannot be blamed for hanging around because tourists feed them.

“They buy chicken and rotis and give them to the dogs,” the SLAPS official said.

She said SLAPS had contacted the vendors to discuss the problem and was told that about a dozen dogs are involved.

“We understand the problem – we understand that dogs can be a nuisance occasionally and are occasionally dangerous, but if anything is going to be done it has to be done in a humane way,” Devaux said, adding that Veterinarians should also be consulted.

Contacted for comment, an official of the National Conservation Authority (NCA) said the body was aware of the stray dog problem and intends to address it after discussing the matter with all concerned, including affected vendors and SLAPS.

22 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 9, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Call the Chinese !

    1. Anonymous
      February 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      YEAH MAN, HAVE A LITTLE PATIENCE, THEY WON’T BE RTOUND FOR MUCH TOO LONG AHKING AND THE DSH FOLKS WILL BE IN TOWN SOON.

      1. Anonymous
        February 9, 2017 at 5:42 pm

        AROUND

  2. Julie Fowles
    February 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    It’s disgusting leaving dogs to starve ,they should be neutered and rehomed

  3. Matthew Alexander
    February 9, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Please bear a little patience, we now have stray dogs running the Government.

    1. Anonymous
      February 9, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      HE HE HE HE HA HA HA HA DA GUD!!!!!!!!!!!1

  4. Animal Care
    February 9, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    The only reason they attack is because the are being mistreated. Please take care of them.

  5. animal wellbeing
    February 9, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Kill them, put them all to sleep

    1. Anonymous
      February 9, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Ignorant fools like yourself should be put to sleep. Those animals have more honor and respect for people than you

  6. Corb
    February 9, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    It’s about time an animal enforcement agency like SPCA take charge and animl owners required to register their dogs on a yearly basis.That agency could also issue tickets and fines.

    It’s like our canine companions have no rights at all.. lets get out of these dark ages and treat our digs with more dignity and respect.

    It’s

    1. smh
      February 9, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      You make alot of sense.

  7. ...
    February 9, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    You have just informed the Chinese of where their delicacy exist. We hate to accept it but cat and dog is seen as food in other territories, the same way a Cow is seen as sacred in some.

  8. 758
    February 9, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Pas pere
    When a dog bite a tourist — all will be put in place.
    Nothing is we business till it reach crisis.

  9. Anonymous
    February 9, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    So true 758

  10. Anonymous
    February 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    gassa I always on the beach after work, the dogs eh troubling any body

    1. Anonymous
      February 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      ONLY TOURIST, THAT FEEDING THEM ROTIS AND CHICKEN, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ST.LUCIAN DOGS ALWAYS BITE THE HAND S THAT FEED THEM. COHN SA NOU YEAH. ESPECIALLY THEM BOUGE THOUROUGHBRED DOGS FROM VIGIE,

    2. Anonymous
      April 15, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      I agree

  11. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Leave the dogs alone. Kindly, focus on the reals issue affecting our island such as high unemployment, increasing crime and unsolved murders.

  12. MR COCO
    February 10, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Maybe DSH could use them for dog racing.

  13. L clark
    February 10, 2017 at 10:59 am

    There are very many places that have stray dogs its not there fault I live in Mexico and its very sad

  14. da-truth
    February 10, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Too some of the niggers on this island dem dogs would make a fine sleeping companion. Better den rape de white woman.

  15. Pankaiso
    February 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Imagine that SLAPS a concerned about stray dogs but won’t show any concern for the under privileged children some of them who don’t have a proper home to sleep of a proper meal to eat but they wi show more love to the dogs

    Mr Mayor give the job I will catch them all and take it to there home in vigil

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