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.”