- New member
- From: Bracknell
- Registered: 2009-04-25
- Posts: 6
Animal Welafre in Antigua
Hello to everyone, this is my first time here and am looking forward to making some good friends. I have already made a wonderful friend on my last visit to Antigua in April 09. We both clicked because of our love for animals, which over the last week of my vacation became tested to the extream. I shall explain. I had befriended a sweet little femal dog who I names Baby, she never left my side for the whole of my vacation. The story is, she followed me on the road from half way to St'Johns back to Antigua Village, even trying to make her leave me, but she refused, we bonded very quickly and from that moment we were never apart.On the last day of my stay in Antigua, she was taken from me by the Dog Patrol who had been called by Antigua Village to remove three stray dogs from the beach front, and Baby was one of those dogs.I at first refused to allow them to take her,because i was organising to find her owner and if she did not have one then i wanted to take her home back to the United Kingdom.My friend was with me at that time, who lives at the village. we were told that if we refuse to hand the dog over, they would call the police, i was in a terrible state because of what they were saying and their attitude was so out of order. Ten mins later three police officers came and they really layed presure on my friend, it was awful to see, she was crying and i was also. We had no choice but to hand Baby over to them, even though, we explained to the officers that we were taking her that afternoon to be chiped and Spayed, they were not interester, and became more agresive towards us.One of the dog wardens went to put a coller on her as i was about to remove the coller i had had on her, and he grabed my hand very hard and shouted in my face to let go of the coller and pushed my hand away. As they walked away Baby was so scared, putting her tail in between her legs (when i first meet her, she was so scared of everyone but me, during her time with me, she became more trusting in people, actually going up to them on the beach when i was walking with her, she had trusted me so much, when she was scared she came to my side for support) she looked back at me and was pulling away from the dog warden, and at that point the warden lifted Baby by the lead off the ground, hoisting her a foot of the ground, and her body came in contact with the ground she pulled and struggled to get free but with no use.
Oh god, just thinking of this makes me so upset and so very sad, all my wish was to love her with all my heart, we were bonded together with love, for me i am still trying to fight, but for my poor Baby, (who as far as i know is still alive at the Humain Society in Antigua) all she knows is that i am not there with her, and its so hard to bare knowing she is scared and unsure of what is happening to her. During the wonderful time I had with her, we both became strong because of the love we had between us. Now my heart is empty and so is her's.
I have been told by the owner of the Humain Society there when i talked with her on my return to england, that under no circumstances would she allow any dogs to be transported abroad, and that she would find her a home on the island, but from the stories i have heard from various people, the Humain Society kill the dogs after a week in the kennels because there ARE no homes for the dogs.
I will write more about this in another Blog report. Please please feel free to put your feelings down so i can read them, or better still, please send me an email; which is
All I want is to get Baby back and bring her home, and then help other animals to be protected and not put down,
Thank You for reading this