Opposition MP Jarion Richardson, is today blasting government’s lack of enforcement against the dog owners responsible for vicious attacks on residents.

In a statement released today, the Opposition Deputy Leader stated outright that: “The dog attacks in this country are out of hand.”

This after published reports that a senior citizen was recently “traumatised” by a dog attack last Friday, which left her “bitten all over legs and body”, when she was “mauled by two pitbull terrier-type dogs”.

Mr Richardson stated today, that he has been “working with residents in one area for months regarding an attack that left a man severely injured”.

Now he says the enforcement process “is clearly a bureaucratic mess”.

“There’s to date been no enforcement action against the dog’s owner,” said Mr Richardson.

“The enforcement process is clearly a bureaucratic mess.

“Between the police officers, who have a dozen other criminal offences to attend to daily, and the dog warden, who seem to be unable to proceed to enforcement, it’s slow, chaotic and a case of people pointing their fingers at each other.  

“It can take months or years for these matters to reach the Director of Public Prosecutions. And it’s still within the remit of the DPP to simply not take the matter to court.”

On top of all that, he said: “The worst part is that the victims have to relive these dog attacks. They still have to travel in the areas where they were attacked. Neighbourhoods are locked in a state of fear.  

“How many more people are going to be wounded and hospitalized before we reform this area of law?

“Will it be the death of a small child that spurs this Government into action?

“If this Government cares about people, then it has to care about victims first.”

The victim attacked last Friday, a senior in her sixties, was walking to her housekeeping job around 8am on Summit View Drive in Hamilton Parish, when she was attacked.

Thankfully, a Good Samaritan, who also sustained injuries to his hands, fought the dogs off and she was later taken to the hospital’s Emergency Department for treatment.

The attack is now under investigation by a Government dog warden.

Meanwhile, another elderly woman required hospital treatment for head injuries sustained when she was attacked by a dog in Southampton.

A police spokesman said that incident also occurred on Friday, around 12:30pm.

“The incident occurred in the Luke’s Pond Road, Southampton area,” he added.

““The victim was transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment to her injuries. She was attended to and discharged.”