UPDATE-Elderly woman killed; man injured by pit bulls

Police are yet to release the name of the 74-year-old woman who was attacked and killed by pit bulls a stone’s throw away from her Monroe Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael home this morning.

However,  the tragic death of the elderly woman has left the entire community in shock.

The scene at Monroe Road this morning.

Up to 9 a.m. the victim’s body was still lying at the scene, as investigations continued into the fatal incident, which occurred around 5:30 a.m. The owner of the dogs, who also lives in the area, was assisting police with their probe.

In a brief statement to reporters at the scene, Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Roland Cobbler confirmed that the attack was by five dogs, including pit bulls.

The family of the victim huddled together at the scene.

Police and family members also revealed that another resident, 30-year-old Damien McCollin, sustained injuries after he reportedly came to the woman’s rescue.

He was rushed to hospital by ambulance with several bites about his body. A piece of his toe was apparently bitten off during the vicious attack.

(Photos and reporting by Katrina King.)

54 Responses to UPDATE-Elderly woman killed; man injured by pit bulls

  1. Cheryl Howard
    Cheryl Howard January 28, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Thats awful…poor lady

  2. Haskell Murray January 28, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Pit bulls are dangerous dogs and why does a person need 5 of them. This lady’s family MUST sue the owner for wrongful death and he must be charged with manslaughter and then the government Must put them to death.
    Next the government MUST pass a dangerous pit bull law and ban them from Barbados.

    • Ryan Jones January 28, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      100 percent agree with everything you said Haskell.

    • Diana Watson January 29, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      The article said there was 5 dogs not all of the dogs were pit bulls. You cant blame the dogs i wish people would start blaming the owners!!!! Everyone is so quick to blame the dogs and the the owners. My prayers go to the family of the woman that was killed and the fellow that got injured. The owners of any animal should be aware of where the dogs are and they shouldnt be roaming around

  3. Susan Layton January 28, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I am so sorry, this is a shocking thing to happen. I was under the immpression it was the owners and not the dogs, this is a mind changer.

  4. Christina Morris
    Christina Morris January 28, 2017 at 10:20 am

    So heart wrenching.Sad sad sad.R I P.

  5. Keri Ann
    Keri Ann January 28, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Rip so horrible

  6. Dennice Bend January 28, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Firstly, my sincere condolences go out to the family of the lady that died. Secondly its common knowledge that any dog can be dangerous. If I’m correct the story said “5 dogs INCLUDING pitbulls” so there is no grounds for pinning this terrible attack on pitbulls alone. Again….any dog can be dangerous! I’m very sorry that this happened and hope that the relevant authorities take proper action against the owners of ALL of the dogs!

    • Natalie January 28, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you Dennice Bend ,it says five dots included a pit bull which means four of them were of different breed

    • John vM January 29, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Another typical “I’m sorry, but…” pit bull apologist bemoaning the facts. Pit bulls are dangerous – period!


      • Diana Watson January 29, 2017 at 7:22 pm

        This is ridiculous

  7. Leta Deguillard
    Leta Deguillard January 28, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Tears came to my eyes when i first heard the news a horrible way to die because those type of dogs jaws lock when in an aggressive mood but sad and reality it takes someone to unfortunately lose their life in Barbados before the relevant authorities actually do something about the situation could have been my grandmother hope the ownerd get prosecuted and then sued by the family

  8. jrsmith January 28, 2017 at 10:56 am

    The politicians ,dont dependent on them to do anything because this doesn’t effect them they friends or they families, in other countries yes but not barbados.. these dogs should be found and shot ,the owner arrest for murder simple……………….

  9. Lisa De Souza
    Lisa De Souza January 28, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Very sad. I blame the owner of the dogs.

    • Msclapback January 28, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Clearly you foolish cause dogs could escape!!!

  10. Tony Webster January 28, 2017 at 11:28 am

    If only some Honourable, Relevant minister, weould be caring enough, to attend to this long-outstanding legislative gap! But which Minister could spare a moment from preparing for the up-coming Big Test Match, to attend to this now? Perhaps…it could just wait…until after elections…or after another innocent citizen is injured, or killed, by these savage animals? Perhaps a child might do the trick? Lord…forgive the thought, please!

    Over now to Funeral Directors; R.B.P.F.; The Coroner; The D.P.P.; the Lawyers; The Courts; the Judiciary; mo’ Lawyers; mo’ talk; the Attorney General; The Cabinet…etc…etc.

    No shame, Lord. Shame has departed from this Rock!

    • Peter January 28, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Richard Johnston. Where are you? Let me guess You will argue for the dogs to be spared Right? 5:30 a.m. It’s still very dark out there and she should NOT be walking to church alone. She was 74 and she could have been killed by a hit and run vehicle in an adjacent act of fate. Yes I agree the owner of those dogs must be held accountable. Special Licenses and permission must be put in place for persons who wish to keep that particular breed as pets or breeding dogs. Special security pens of a reasonable size. Those dogs attacked the ir victims as a pack. They now have acquired the taste of human blood and are killers. All should be put to sleep and promptly so.

    • Peter January 28, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Tony Web. Those ministers themselves behave like that particular breed od dogs. Do you honestly expect any one of them to do something other than growl, bark and attack Barbadians? They are pit bulls to the bone.

  11. Alleyne Heath
    Alleyne Heath January 28, 2017 at 11:28 am

    So sad,brought tears to my eyes,to imagine five terrible dogs to on this lady.I pray for the family and also for the kind gentleman who try to rescue her.May she RIP and rise among the angels.

  12. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley January 28, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Terrible way for this poor lady to die. Idiot owners who should know the pack mentality of this breed of dogs

  13. DappaPrincess Boo
    DappaPrincess Boo January 28, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Im so hurt n i dont even know her

  14. Nakeisha Boo
    Nakeisha Boo January 28, 2017 at 11:41 am

    So sad

  15. Lennox hewitt January 28, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I really think u shud be charge for assault with a deadly weapon n the states thats his charge n bout what he will get charge for here .

  16. tiki January 28, 2017 at 11:52 am

    This is a very sad incident and highlights the need for persons to be more educated when it comes to different breeds of animals. Owners of dogs especially breeds like pitbulls need to learn about the characteristics of these animals, take special care to keep them put up as we would say. Persons too also need to learn how to behave when encountering any dog.
    For those calling for the death and ban of pitbulls, i have grown up with this breed and none of my family was ever attacked. I even used to play with a male that was a fighting dog by the way,as my pony when i was little. Animals reflect the environment they are in and their owners. We humans created this breed and trained it to be violent and killers. What needs to be dealt with is the cruel owners who raise these dogs this way.
    There have been incidents where other dogs like Akitas have attacked persons. I do not hear about a call for their ban.
    My mother was once chased and cornered by a cow that didn’t get away but was not tied as the owner has a habit of of tying them. These cows chased others and destroyed vehicles. Should
    we then call for the ban of cows?
    Persons have died from being struck by a vehicle or drowning, should we ban vehicles or going to the sea?
    This was a tragic incident that we do not fully have details on and should keep the family in our thoughts and prayers. Hopefully owners of any dog learn from this.

  17. Cassandra Gittens
    Cassandra Gittens January 28, 2017 at 11:55 am

    sue the owner those dogs should be put down why were ther running loose

  18. Ianthy Layne January 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Owner should charge for murder immediately. Whose responsibility is this?

  19. PattyCake January 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    May she rest in peace. This is sad and unfortunate. My condolences to her family and I pray that the gentleman will be ok soon.

  20. john jones January 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Focus on the irresponsible owner who run in packs as two coming into contact will fight each other, never mind 5. The owner should have had his dogs secured not running free. Evidently these were a pack of “common-breed” dogs as pit bull terriers do not have a “pack-mentality”. It is a sad affair, especially since the ones circulating photograph’s of the the unfortunate old lady’s dead body are devoid of common decency. May she rest in peace.

  21. Norma Buss
    Norma Buss January 28, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Shoot the dogs and ban them. If people are so stupid to train them to be like this then the govt has to take a stand and end it

  22. Katie Darling January 28, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    My condolences go out to the family and I hope the injured man, who is a hero in my eyes, recovers quickly. I just can’t imagine what this poor woman went through. My heart goes out to her family. I hope there are serious consequences for the owner of these dogs and the dogs destroyed.

  23. Esther Frankkyn
    Esther Frankkyn January 28, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Feel like crying, i can’t stand those dogs, hate to see them…..HURTFUL

  24. Tracy Waldron
    Tracy Waldron January 28, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    So sad ,brought tears to my eyes

  25. Veejay January 28, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Owners of dog need to keep their animals inside and not leave them to roam the streets at will. At times a lot of these dogs are trained for fighting. The owner needs to be held accountable and the dogs put down.

  26. Sandra Gollop Jackson
    Sandra Gollop Jackson January 28, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    When I hear it this morning on the radio it brought tears to my eyes . Pray that they find the owners of these dogs and then put them to sleep because once they taste blood they make attacks against .May that lady rest in peace

  27. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince January 28, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Were these dogs not tied,were they allowed to roam freely. Owner was probably robbed a few times . Need more detail…

  28. june January 28, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Mr, Mrs or Ms Bend.stop it!

  29. Hal Austin January 28, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Anne Rice,
    You do not need any further evidence. This is a prima facie case of negligent manslaughter. If the owner had been robbed a million times, dangerous dogs should b kept under control.
    But in Barbados, people even keep Japanese dog-wolves as pets.

  30. Ego January 28, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    God granted her 74 years, and to die in such horrible pain. RIP my love. Hope you had a heart attack and passed quickly. Charge the owner and out the dogs down. My sympathies to her loved ones.

  31. Brewster January 28, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    The pit bull is classed as a dangerous dog and is banned in UK. They have killed people like this before. When in Bim I am always scared to walk up my road due to the unleashed and poor fencing at homes with dogs. My mum was bitten as she came from a car to open her gate and a neighbours dog jumped over a low wall opposite. This is SERIOUS what has happened today and the Govt needs to take action because this bomb has been ticking for a while regarding the dogs. Anybody should be able to walk the road and feel safe. This could have been a small child. This is chilling that this could happen. Sue the pants off the owners and start campaigning for strict laws for dog ownership. Condolences to the family involved in this trajedy.

  32. David Dalrymple January 28, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    first, sincere condolences to the lady’s family which words cannot describe what they are going through. I ask the Almighty to Rest Her Soul, give the family strength.

    second, the authorities make sure they have rightful owner, do your paper work , call in animal control ,round up dem vicious killers put them in doggy heaven. The owner charge him with manslaughter (He knows these dogs are vicious & allow them to
    third, I pray the young man heals from his injuries, how heroic, God Bless him.

  33. Muriel January 28, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Very sad may she Rest In Peace..my condolences to her daughter!

  34. MYOB January 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    You all got this thing partially correct. The owner of the dogs and his family need the same thing to happen to them. Lock up he and the same dogs inside the same pen. Justice Served.

  35. Sanny January 28, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    May she RIP….This breed of dogs are dangerous ,if owners trained these dogs to fight the only thing they will do is attack. The dogs should be put down and owners charged for her death.my condolences to her family..

  36. Charms January 28, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    What a horrible way to die. Why five dogs to guard what? How can anyone live with themselves knowing that they contributed to the daeth of another in such a terrible way.
    May she rest in peace and my sympathy to her family…
    These dogs are the main reason that I am terrified to go for a walk.

  37. Mary Ann Redfern January 28, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Pit bulls are NEVER appropriate pets. Pit bulls are fighting BREED dogs and can kill with ease. Pit bulls should be banned worldwide and spayed and neutered out of existence entirely. RIP, dear lady. We are so sorry you lived so long only to be eaten alive by pit bulls kept as “pets”.

  38. Isaac Thomas January 28, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I belive these dogs were hungry and were not fed properly because an animal would not generally attack a person or another animal unless it was hungry or felt threatened by it. Also banning pitbulls wouldnt really make a difference because any type of dog could have done this . Really a law should be passed forth stating that all dogs are to be trained properly and taken care of in order to prevent incidents like these

  39. Lyneatha Pilgrim Drayton January 28, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Praying for the families. My prayer is that someone or parties set up a fund where money can be sent directly to the funeral home to pay for her funeral expenses whether or not the family can afford it. She was on public property and about to do community service.

    I also pray that the young man be recognized for his brave efforts and a fund be also set up to compensate him for any medical expenses he might incur.

    I hope that the owners of the dogs have an opportunity to explain what really happened very horrific videos. Sad

  40. John walmark January 28, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Here in Ontario canada, pit bulls are banned. Must be neutered if you own one .
    They should also neuter any owner as well. This is a dog bred to kill.

  41. Ben Haynes Psy.D January 28, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Now that we all agree that punishment, political actions, and whatever be in place are we willing to keep the will, the strength to protect children and the elderly? How shocking, disturbing when we hear that our elderly are killed in such a way. Yes, the lack of respect for our elderly is absent in our society. Who do we hold responsible for this senseless death is a matter to who we talk to. Imagine owning five or more dogs. What a tragedy that brigs sadness and now, anger. Lets hope that legislators will take this tragic death seriously and make laws to protect all of its citizens these fools that allow their viscous dogs from roaming our streets, and attacking citizens.

  42. Peter January 28, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I remember the Dipper saying at a political meeting There were two of his ministers behaving like pit bulls – both deceased now- bit after he (Barrow) was Sandi then any number can play. In this current admin Fruendel has to contend with6 of them. but one in that pack is an overgrown poodle who knows he will lead what is left of DEM pack. Carson C Cadogan knows this but he’s too much of a lackey to speak out.

  43. william davies January 28, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    i agree this is tragic. i agree that the owner should face punishment. i agree that the dogs should at least be quarantined.

    however i do not agree with any of the statements that are being prejudiced towards a breed of dog. pitbulls are NOT the most likely do to attack. pitbulls are NOT the most agresive dogs, pitbulls are NOT the dogs to do the most damage when they do attack. pitbulls do NOT have lockjaw ( contrary to popular belief this doesnt exist).

    most people dont even know when they are looking at a pitbull. they see a dog with a square head and they automatically assume it is a pitbull. and this causes alot of dog attacks to be blamed on pitbulls when it was a totally different breed of dog.

    what everyone needs to remember is that no matter what animal you own it is just that an ANIMAL. and can and will behave like an animal. and if u want to put a ban or restrictions on pitbulls then u need to put the same restrictions and bans on ALL ANIMALS. people own lions, huge snakes, poisonous spiders/scorpions and snakes. sharks and piranhas. and a million other animals that are extremely dangerous.

  44. Rochelle james January 29, 2017 at 4:17 am

    That is sad why would you have 5 pit Bulls around your home?is pray that the owner be held accountable for his dogs actions cause if he was in America he would be held accountable for his dogsecond and the dogs would be put to sleep
    My condolences goes out to the family of the elderly.

  45. Antoinette January 30, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I have seen that happened where it involved a thank God the child survived. Pet owners should be more responsible. Those dogs should be put down and owners should be sued and held responsible. I met that lady at St. Barnabas Church. What an awful way to leave this earth. May she rest in peace.


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