Cops want inquest in pitbull killing of granny, 82
By Nalinee Seelal Wednesday, August 28 2013
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My pitbulls: Christian Singh has this picture of himself with two of his pitbulls at his home in La Seiva, Maraval posted on his Facebook page....
Police investigators are recommending an inquest into the mauling death of Lillian Bunsee, 82, by her grandson’s pitbull at the family home in La Seiva, Maraval on Monday.
A file advising an inquest be done has been submitted by officers of the St Clair Police Station to a senior superintendent who will decide whether to take this course of action in the case.
Bunsee’s grandson Damian Singh, 33, was released after being detained for questioning about her death. Singh’s dog, “No Mercy”, an American Bully, attacked Bunsee as she was about to feed the animal on Monday morning. A source said “No Mercy” was pregnant and may have been in a highly agitated state when Bunsee approached, breaking free of the makeshift kennel and lunging at the elderly woman, knocking her to the ground before savagely mauling her to death.
Investigators were seeking advice of the legal department of the Police Service on what charges could be laid in the case, since the Dog Control Act which penalises owners for injuries or death caused by their dogs is yet to be proclaimed, pending amendments by the Parliament.
An autopsy carried out at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital mortuary by Dr Brown revealed Bunsee died from asphyxia associated with suffocation. She was also bitten about the body.
Singh had nine other dogs, and placed seven of them in the care of Jones Animal Clinic which is also in La Seiva, not too far from the family home. He kept two dogs, also pitbulls, for security reasons at the house.
Singh is reported to have visited the animal clinic yesterday and spent an hour with the dogs he left there. A source at Jones Animal Clinic told Newsday Singh appeared distressed during his visit but did not indicate what plans he has for the seven dogs.
Newsday also understands that Singh’s parents, who were in Canada, returned to Trinidad late Monday night to arrange Bunsee’s funeral.
Neighbours yesterday said they hoped people who own pitbulls would be more responsible in the wake of Bunsee’s death, and again appeal for the dangerous dogs legislation to be made law in the interest of justice to mauling victims.