Some residents of Cane Garden on Monday told News784 that despite the stern warning from Authorities to owners of stray animals, “Cattle Remains King” in the affluent community, just minutes from capital city Kingstown.
On August 11th, 2017, the Royal St.Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force issued a warning to the owners of stray animals throughout the length and breadth of St.Vincent and the Grenadines to have them tied.
The animals, mainly cows and sheep, have been united in their quest principally in the areas of Argyle, Buccament, Diamond and Cane Garden where they are seen walking the streets freely.
Residents say that the stench, the danger to humans mainly children and the damage that can ensue to vehicles need serious attention.
Residents from the community expressed the views below.
“It’s unbearable to sleep in the night when the wind changes direction you have to close windows from the smell”.
“I have had to wait for several minutes at a time for the animals, mainly cattle to move out of the road”.
The residents say they don’t believe that the owners of the stray animals have taken the warning from the police seriously.
“They don’t care about those in authority unless an example is made they will allow these animals to roam and don’t whatever they like, it’s sad”.
One woman told News784 that some of the cattle belong to a retired customs officer, she did not disclose any name. When asked if she had reported the unknown owner to the police she became mute.
Police had stated in August that the situation creates the potential for accidents and against this backdrop they were giving the owners two (2) weeks to have the situation rectified.
Owners were told that action would be taken within the confines of the law, it is now one month since the issuance of such directive by the authorities.