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Police: No Evidence Of Animal Cruelty

BY DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT – POLICE say they have found no evidence of animal cruelty in relation to a pet dog that was chained up outside at a home on Settler’s Way.

The police visited the residence on May 2 to investigate a complaint that was filed two weeks ago by the HSGB.

A number of concerned residents travelling along Settler’s Way had called the HSGB to report that a dog was chained to the front wall of the home in a rain and lightning storm. It was not the first time that they had received reports about the dog.

Humane Society shelter manager Tip Burrows said they have tried for months to talk with the owner. She said the owner has even showed up at the shelter to confront officials.

There was also a concern that the matter was not being satisfactorily addressed by authorities.

The Tribune contacted Inspector Terecita Pinder, police press officer, who said police received a complaint on May 2 and two officers responded.

“They went to the residence and saw a black dog chained to a front wall. They also observed a dog house where the dog was chained,” she said.

Inspector Pinder said the officers spoke with the dog’s owner. He informed them that the dog refuses to go in the doghouse.

She said the officers were told that chaining the dog was the only way to keep the dog within the property.

Pinder said it is required that all pets are kept within the owner’s property.

“And so from their investigation, they have found no signs of animal cruelty,” she said.

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