This was revealed by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) today, May 3, 2021.
“The owner of a goat herd reported that four of his goats were met decapitated in his front yard after admitting that his goats have been jumping the pen and entering his neighbour’s yard,” police said.
Police did not state the location where the incident occurred.
The RVIPF, in the statement, said it is seeing an increase in reports of dog attacks and damage to property by animals, and is reminding owners of dogs and livestock of their responsibility under the law.
“This past week, three roaming pit bulls reportedly destroyed pieces of outdoor furniture, and attempted to enter the home of a resident in the Chalwell Estate area, while he was at home.
“On the same day in Long Look, a man showed officers the remains of his dead chickens after his neighbour’s four dogs had entered his property.”
Police said earlier in April, a woman was hospitalised after she was attacked by two dogs while walking in the Belmont Estate area, a story reported by this news site.
Acting Deputy Commissioner St Clair Amory, according to the press release, is reminding the public that it is the responsibility of dog and livestock owners not only to register but to properly secure animals within the boundaries of their yard or property.
“Owners will be charged criminally for any attacks or damage to property as a result of their unrestrained animals.
“Similarly, persons found to be intentionally harming or setting poison out to harm or kill animals can also be charged and prosecuted under the Protection of Animals Act, Cap 94, sec 3 (1) (a) for cruelty to animal,” the Acting Deputy noted.