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Ezekiel’s case sent to DPP
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard is expected to receive an official police report today on the mauling of four-year-old Ezekiel Renne-Cambridge. Reliable sources said yesterday San Fernando police had completed a report on the incident in which the Open Bible Prep School pupil was brutally attacked by two mixed bred dogs last Tuesday. The DPP will determine whether charges should be made against the dogs’ owner Vidya Emrith. Police were unable to press charges under the Dangerous Dog Act of 2000 as that legislation was never proclaimed. Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, who has promised to review the act, is yet to make a statement on the matter. After the passage of the Dangerous Dogs Act, the then government said some $15 million was needed to enforce the provisions.
One year after, the government said it was awaiting the report of a steering committee set up to look into the act. Members of the public, who called for amendments, said the act was flawed in that you could get into trouble if your pitbull bit someone but not if your “pothound” or German Shepherd did. Ezekiel was mauled by the two dogs while walking with his grandmother in Palmiste, South Trinidad, last Tuesday night. The dogs tore into Ezekiel’s abdomen and back before a neighbour used a piece of iron to fend them off.
The boy was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and was later hooked up to a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The boy, who is still recovering from his injuries, was recently transferred from the San Fernando General Hospital to a private medical facility. The dogs that mauled Ezekiel have been sent to a ranch in Penal but neighbours of the boy are calling for the animals to be put to sleep since they say it was not the first time the dogs had attacked someone.
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