15 May 2020
Ms. Petricie Cain
Chief Executive Officer
Diego Martin Regional Corporation
17-18 Diego Martin Main Road
cc. Chairman Symon De Nobriga
Councillor Keeda James
Dear Ms. Cain:
I write as a member of the Diamond Vale community in search of answers and solutions to the national concern for the care and protection of animals.
My specific matter pertains to two stray dogs which breached my neighbour’s property to attack and kill one of my cats on the morning of 10 May 2020. In the midst of my grief at losing a member of my family, I have made all the relevant reports and complaints to the police, the community street captains, the TTSPCA and the DMRC for immediate assistance to contain or remove the animals, and/or to charge the keeper of the animals, as required by the Dog Control Act and Summary Offenses Act.
While I will pursue my matter to its conclusion, I am equally concerned about the larger issue that the mechanisms, systems and resources that compel local authorities to act on reports of cruelty or other mistreatment of animals are woefully inadequate, and in the case of Dog Control Units at each Corporation, non-existent. This is what I hope to change.
As a country, we cannot have gone through a period of awareness about animal welfare (with the recent passage of legislation) without following through to ensure that the laws are upheld. Similarly, we ought not to miss the opportunity, coming out of a global pandemic, to learn the necessary lessons about how to make our country safer for all living creatures. My interactions during the past week with neighbours as well as animal welfare activists and NGOs about my tragic loss has convinced me that now is the time to advance more robust service delivery to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, starting with the burgesses of Diego Martin.
I therefore request that the matter is tabled as soon as possible before a monthly sitting of the Council as a matter of urgent importance. I am prepared to contribute however I can to the furtherance of any action the Corporation may take, standing in full support of the elected representative for Diamond Vale to achieve same in her constituency.
Enclosed (for the CEO) are evidentiary and other materials pertaining to my matter as well as excerpts of relevant legislation for your information. I trust that I will receive confirmation of receipt of this correspondence and updates on the tabling of the matter before the Council.