Concern over disappearance of Vigie Beach dogs

The Bruno Project has expressed concern over the disappearance of the last of the dogs that have been frequenting the Vigie Beach area.

The project’s Doris Jolicoeur explained that last week the last of the dogs were collected.

“We’re not sure who collected them or what’s done with them,” Jolicoeur stated.

She explained that the Bruno Project merely wanted time to work on getting the animals off the beach and into homes.

“We were working on that and starting to raise money,” the Bruno Project official told St Lucia Times.

She noted that she had already gotten ‘Stella’, one of the dogs, off the beach.

“My main concern is that they could have at least approached us and said: ‘Hey! Let’s work together on this.’ But instead of doing that they’ve taken some wonderful creatures that many people loved and just disposed of them.”

Jolicoeur told St Lucia Times that a lot of people, many of them Saint Lucians, are very upset over the situation.

“I have been asked by a few of the restaurant operators who said to me “Where did my dog go?” Because they know that we sometimes take them home when the dogs are sick and then put them back, because the dogs are happiest there,” she explained.

The Bruno Project official revealed that the disappearance of the dogs was posted on Facebook and some people have commented that they will never come to Saint Lucia, although they were originally planning to do so.

“This young girl in Alberta, Canada, who raised – I believe it was around $550 Canadian just  a little while ago to help the stray dogs in Saint Lucia and now she feels her reason to come visit Saint Lucia is now dead – those were her words.”

“All they are doing is just hurting tourism. There’s another couple from the US – they were saving money because they actually came here on a cruise ship and they spent a day with the Vigie Beach dogs, you know, feeding and petting them and they were saving to come back just so they could stay in some villa near Vigie Beach so they could visit the dogs every day. So this is how it is going to affect tourism. It is getting out there – people are getting to know how the dogs are being treated in Saint Lucia and they aren’t happy.”

49 Comments

  1. boiboi
    August 21, 2018 at 4:52 pm Reply

    Choops tun. What about the Ciceron Children, and the Graveyard Children, and the Dennery Chidren, and the Anse La Raye Children, and the children from across St. Lucia who are suffering? Children who cannot get basic needs met and educational needs will go unmet as they get ready for the new school year.

    1. Killbill
      August 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm Reply

      That’s right

    2. J Poblic
      August 21, 2018 at 6:34 pm Reply

      “Choops tun!” LOL …. Couldn’t agree with you more Boiboi.

    3. asda
      August 22, 2018 at 6:53 am Reply

      What about these children? Why not have their parents take care of them? If they can’t take care of them, they have no business making children.

      1. New vibes
        August 23, 2018 at 8:04 am

        I will agree with you 100% on that one. Why? Just why they go out there making children and blaming someone else. Bring the beach attraction back the visitors want them

    4. Lucian Blood
      August 23, 2018 at 8:37 am Reply

      When people cannot keep their legs closed and want to breed all over the place, your’ll want people to take responsibility for yourll. SMH. Boi Boi you are pathetic

    5. Suyphone
      August 23, 2018 at 10:25 am Reply

      What if we took all stary annals away and house them in a zoo would that stop the touris??? BS I think it time we stop playing games with the lives of the kids who can’t do better thats all over the island and put the dogs where they should be .Put that love money and energy into helping the homeless and poor people.

    6. pantherzone
      August 23, 2018 at 11:01 am Reply

      These children don’t have parents, God made us the most sensible of the species and we doing crap and want other people to feed our children.i understand other people needing help don’t get me wrong. But we must take responsibility for our actions as well.

  2. The wolfman of Balata
    August 21, 2018 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Bruno Project, no need to concern yourself anymore. The dogs are with Allah.

  3. Killbill
    August 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm Reply

    I have some dogs by my home in vf I want them to disappear

    1. pantherzone
      August 23, 2018 at 11:04 am Reply

      Hope you don’t disappear first, treat the animals right people. Don’t think treating them bad will go unpunished. God see ALL!!!

  4. Killbill
    August 21, 2018 at 5:25 pm Reply

    I have a few dogs by my home in vf I want them to disappear

  5. Morne Du Don Resident
    August 21, 2018 at 8:34 pm Reply

    come Morne Du Don, there’s a few we need to get rid of!

  6. Bambi
    August 21, 2018 at 8:42 pm Reply

    Please check the Chinese restaurants.

  7. watch man on your wall
    August 22, 2018 at 6:40 am Reply

    Well, where there are Chinese restaurants you must expect dogs will be missing and looshans love Chinese junk food…..LoL

  8. Cassandra
    August 22, 2018 at 7:48 am Reply

    Those dogs were a menace, defecating all along the beach. You couldn’t just seat anywhere on the beach, you had to look carefully to ensure that you would not be seating in a pile of dog ****.

  9. wow
    August 22, 2018 at 10:12 am Reply

    Choops if people coming here because we have stray dogs to pet and feed, we eh want them in Lucia. SMH. Those white people disgusting touching all stray dogs Friday night in G Islet then busy eating food with the same hands. NYAK. The same way all u invent AIDS, chikungunya etc to get rid of us we getting rid of those stray dogs. Our beach is not for stray dogs but people like us. Take those stray dogs and put them on the beaches where the hotels located and keep them there. After U all take half of our beaches the other half is for stray dogs.? Like seriously.

    1. Truth
      August 23, 2018 at 8:04 am Reply

      Most people wash their hands before eating! Why bring race into this?

    2. Lucian Blood
      August 23, 2018 at 8:38 am Reply

      You want them to come and pet you instead man

  10. Only human
    August 22, 2018 at 12:25 pm Reply

    I have no sympathy for these nasty animals and no respect for the people that fuss over them. As a holiday destination we certainly don’t need these awful creatures roaming our beaches and pestering the visitors for food. They should all be removed by the authorities and destroyed. My neighbor is one of those sick people that feels the need to rescue these animals and take them home, as a result she will usually have 15 to 20 dogs at her home, which is not fenced. This obviously results in my property and the surrounding area constantly smelly of their shit, every day I find myself shoveling up their mess and throwing it back into her yard where it belongs, strangely she always objects to my actions, I wonder why. These dogs are disgusting and so are some of the people that inflict the nuscence of these animals on other people. They should all be put to sleep.

    1. Jaime Flynn
      September 12, 2018 at 8:23 am Reply

      You disgusting human should be out to sleep

  11. Toufayan
    August 22, 2018 at 2:36 pm Reply

    Everyone commenting is aware that this article is online and is being read in Europe, Canada and the United States, right? Folks understand that this is where tourists (and tourist dollars) come from, right? Read through the comments and take a moment to ponder: is this REALLY how you want your nation and the people of St Lucia to be seen? If so, carry on.

    If not, you are probably doing more damage to the tourism industry than you understand. Your call. Either way, you and your fellow Lucians will reap the effects.

    1. Jade
      August 23, 2018 at 8:08 am Reply

      My thoughts exactly!

  12. Jay
    August 22, 2018 at 6:34 pm Reply

    Im a Canadian and i just happened to stuble across this article. I am so hopeful when i hear about the great and compaasionate St Lucians helping these amazing Potcakes. i have adopted one myself. i am very discouraged by the few nasty people i see in yhe comment section saying racist and cruel things. i know St Lucians are not like this, because i know some amazing and beautiful ones here in Toronto. its sad to see this cruel treatment of animals on the island. i think i will be changing my St Lucia vacation plans this winter.

    1. Anthony Cornibert
      August 23, 2018 at 8:29 am Reply

      ST.LUCIANS ARE LIKE THAT TRUST ME!

    2. Criselda Davidson
      August 23, 2018 at 8:35 am Reply

      This line of reasoning that because some persons feel different towards dogs would affect our tourism industry tantamount to economic bullying. If you are going to cancel you trip because of this only suggest that you expect all and sundry to be and think the same. RUBBISH!! Please note that for some people the idea and need for us to look after the welfare and well-being of other persons/children is a top priority over the treatment of dogs. Honestly, I don’t think that the average tourist gives a hoot about this. So please go ahead and your vacation plans.

    3. MDC
      August 23, 2018 at 8:57 am Reply

      Sadly we are not a very empathetic people! That attitude is visible in how we see and treat animals and venerable people in the society. I believe it is reflected also in the high rate of violence on the island. We are not all like that though.

  13. Criselda Davidson
    August 23, 2018 at 8:04 am Reply

    This line of reasoning that because some persons feel different towards dogs would affect our tourism industry tantamount to economic bullying. If you are going to cancel you trip because of this only suggest that you expect all and sundry to be and think the same. RUBBISH!! Please note that for some people the idea and need for us to look after the welfare and well-being of other persons/children is a top priority over the treatment of dogs. Honestly, I don’t think that the average tourist gives a hoot about this. So please go ahead and change your vacation plans.

  14. Lovely Lady
    August 23, 2018 at 8:04 am Reply

    we were not socialised like you guys in Canada. our reality in Saint Lucia is quite different. I am not a lover of dogs, cats or other animals, however I coexist with them. To us their home is in a kennel outside where they are fed , walked and washed regularly. Others keep them indoors and sleep in the same beds as them. In Saint Lucia we do not do this. In some countries dogs are eaten. Does this make the eaters of dog meat bad people and are we bad for keeping them in a kennel and not kissing and hugging them like some folks do? In some countries cows are revered, in others they are beasts of burden. We are all socialised DIFFERENTLY, and we must be accepted for our differences. I cant hold a dog against my chest and kiss its mouth. when ever I bathe my dog, i shower afterwards. If i play with it, I wash my hand afterwards. That’s how we are in SLU..generally.

  15. charles
    August 23, 2018 at 8:09 am Reply

    the dogs were more harmless than all the human beings who sent negative comments.and instead of asking others to do so. please donate something to the orphanage.just drink one less beer this weekend five dollars if enough.

  16. Krac
    August 23, 2018 at 8:12 am Reply

    Check the Chinese restaurants

  17. SABA!!
    August 23, 2018 at 8:28 am Reply

    I ASSUME THE MAJORITY OF COMMENTS WHICH CONDEMN THE DOGS BEING ON THE BEACH ARE THAT OF THE LOCAL BLACKS. SOME MADE MENTION OF THE CHILDREN’S HOME IN CICERON, YET WON’T EVEN CARE TO HELP THE FELLOW BROTHER WHO SLEEPS ON THE STREET. LET ME GUESS 500 OF SLAVERY? OR IS IT THE WAY YOUR FOREFATHERS USED TO ABUSE YOURL IN THE DISGUISE AS DISCIPLINE. THAT BEING SAID ST.LUCIANS ARE A BUNCH OF PATHETIC, USELESS SET OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO LOVE IN THEIR HARD HEARTS. THE POOR ANIMALS WERE OBVIOUSLY DROPPED OFF BY THEIR SICK OWERNES WHO GOT TIRED OF THEM. NOTHING NEW IN ST.LUCIA. IM GOING TO COPY THIS PAGE AND SHARE IT WITH MY FRIENDS IN CANADA. I HOPE THE TOURISM SECTOR FALLS IN ST.LUCIA. AND YES IM A ST.LUCIAN LIVING IN ST.LUCIA. TRUTH IS AS LONG AS MY SPACE AND LIFE ISIN’T INFRINGED BY A LOCAL, THEY CAN GO ON AND HATE AS MUCH AS THEY WANT AMONG ONE ANOTHER. ****!!!

    1. MDC
      August 23, 2018 at 9:11 am Reply

      As a St.Lucian living in St.Lucia you surly interact with black people on a daily basis. I wonder if we would have a clue about what you truly think of us. Your a sad angry man!

    2. Observation
      August 27, 2018 at 11:35 am Reply

      Please phrase properly. ….some st.lucians….stop labeling ppl

  18. Jul1tt@40
    August 23, 2018 at 9:02 am Reply

    Ask the Chinese!

  19. Mad at Ignorance
    August 23, 2018 at 9:21 am Reply

    I see nothing wrong with the Bruno project…people and animals alike need love and care…get off your high horse and stop being so ignorant…be careful what you comment here…and when we start facing economic problems we want to blame everybody but ourselves…if the reader said she’s cancelling her trip based on what she’s reading here…it’s her right..I would too…similarly if you read of a high crime rate somewhere you will reconsider visiting…she’s an animal lover and this has turned her off..understand that..some of you never cease to amaze me…like is straw you all have in your heads…smh

  20. pantherzone
    August 23, 2018 at 11:07 am Reply

    God be with ALL the animal haters!!! That’s all I have to say to you’ll.

  21. 5.20.100
    August 23, 2018 at 12:14 pm Reply

    I have some burning questions and I need answers. Please help…
    If I lived in Canada or the US, would I be allowed to take a stray dog home, nurse it to health and then bring it back on the beach? Is it okay to look at the beach as a “dog Impound”? Were they chained or caged there? Can they freely move? If they were poisoned, someone went through the pain of digging graves etc. for them?
    Let’s be serious for a moment here! That’s crazy!

  22. Cy
    August 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm Reply

    It is truly sad and embarrasing to read the majority of the comments whuch were made in relation to the article. It reflects the lack of love and empathy which permeates this society. The dogs have feelings and emotions just like us. No one has the right to slaughter them. It is a cold and heartless act. Today i feel ashamed to call myself st.lucian..Smh

    1. MDC
      August 23, 2018 at 3:44 pm Reply

      Your not alone.

  23. Chen chew dwet
    August 23, 2018 at 8:42 pm Reply

    Ask the Chinese and stop blaming lucians. . daban hypocrites. St lucians doh eat dog meat.

  24. Weird Thinker
    August 23, 2018 at 10:45 pm Reply

    I don’t think that the beach, especially such public ones as Vigie and Pigeon Point, should be used a feeding ground for stray dogs. Contrary to what some may think, not everyone thinks that having a bunch of stray dogs at the beach is appealing (tourist or not).
    Maybe energies should be spent getting a facility to house them…
    But there again that cost $$$ and takes a lot of effort so it’s easier to just feed them at the beach…

    1. Sara
      August 24, 2018 at 4:54 am Reply

      The Bruno Project does work on finding homes for the strays and getting them off the beaches and streets. The rescues are over filled which is why they have designated specific beaches so that they can continue to tend to the dogs while trying to home them. This organization is not taking the easy and cheap route of just feeding them on the beach, they are doing the best they can to raise funds, decrease the stray animal population and promote the island.

      1. Weird Thinker
        August 24, 2018 at 2:36 pm

        Too many irresponsible owners. Some people don’t realise that owning a pet comes with responsibilities. Many don’t think of that beforehand they just go ahead get one and when faced with challenges, some just choose to abandon them unfortunately.

    2. Don
      August 24, 2018 at 7:14 am Reply

      Since March of 2016, The Bruno Project has sent 216 dogs to homes in Canada, the US and UK, the vast majority to Canada. Since February 2018, they have removed and found homes for 10 dogs from Vigie Beach alone.

      No government funds are involved. Almost all funding comes via donations from overseas. These donated dollars and pounds are spent here in St Lucia, helping the Lucian economy. Expenditures include food, fencing, labor, government fees and inspections, veterinary services and general labor. Again, all done at no cost to Lucians or their government.

      1. Concern Citizen
        August 25, 2018 at 10:24 am

        This is making no sense to me. The authorities are addressing the stray dog issue at Vigie and the Bruno project people have an issue with this . Am I reading this correctly? they are asking for more time to allow the dogs to remain on the beach? Are you people serious. Who did the Bruno project consult to install those feeders? who gave these people the right to take up their project? Despite the help offered to dogs I believe if you love and care for these animals that much take them to your home and love and care for them there. Vigie Beach should not be used at your desire to feed dogs. This nonsense would not be allowed no where in the world. Bruno project have no right implying thru social media that the dogs are ill-treated .they are simply removed from the beach and placed in an impound. Stop this foolish story Bruno project find a place for the animals and accept the beach is not a place for those stray dogs.

  25. Concern Citizen
    August 25, 2018 at 10:52 am Reply

    Doris you and your group are making a workable solution into a problem. Am sure you already know who collects the dogs and what happens to them. You obviously love and care for the animals more than the average st.lucian. so why not collect the dogs and place them in your home or suitable place where you can feed and care for them there until you find a home or plane ticket out of st. Lucia. But surely they can’t remain at Vigie . Maybe contact the agencies you should have contacted before putting the feeders on the beach.

  26. Kill bill
    August 26, 2018 at 2:28 pm Reply

    Dogs should live @ they owners and not on the beach..I think we should euthanize all these stray dogs ******** all over the place

  27. Kill bill
    August 26, 2018 at 2:31 pm Reply

    Bruno project we need you in vieux fort

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