Cruel loss

McCollin relives dog attack that killed his ‘mother’

Thirty-year-old Damien McCollin made his way to St Barnabas Anglican Church early yesterday morning to thank God for life. But there was a certain degree of emptiness there, for missing this morning was his employer, friend and “‘mother”, Verona Gibson, who was mauled to death by a pack of five dogs on Saturday morning.

As he stood at the front of the pews, McCollin had time to reflect on how easily he could have been the second victim of the animals with a seemingly insatiable appetite for blood at the time.

Some of the injuries Damien McCollin sustained when he was attacked by a pack of dogs early Saturday morning.

In the wee hours of Saturday morning, January 28, McCollin bravely attempted to rescue the 74-year-old Gibson of Monroe Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael from the ravaging animals.

Verona Gibson was mauled to death by dogs.

He was bitten all over his body during his heroic attempt to save Gibson’s life and was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.

From the front of his home, McCollin recounted that terrible morning when he lost a woman who was like a mother to him.

“I heard the noise and I came out and just saw the dogs. At that time I didn’t know it was her on the ground, so I tried to pelt rocks and I tried to get the dogs to run off the scene from biting the woman,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Instead, the pack turned on McCollin, who had to fight for his life.

“The dogs saw me and attacked me; then I ended up fighting with them.”

Thanks to a passing motorist, McCollin barely escaped.

Although he was thankful to be alive, there was regret and sorrow at Gibson’s loss.

“I cried bad this morning when it hit me,” the Monroe Road resident said.

The thoughtful McCollin said he knew Gibson from the time he was a child, and as he grew up he would assist her with farming her land.

He described her as electricity, a light in the darkness and a crucial power source.

“She was like a mother to me though, that’s the honest truth. I can’t find words to explain the loss, but the loss is a cruel one.

“She is a woman that set the way for people to live: caring and loving. She didn’t deserve to go down that way,” he added.

While many have taken to social media to criticize the dog owner, McCollin was sympathetic, saying “this is going to haunt him till he dead”.

As a matter of fact, he said, the owner was another one of the residents virtually raised by Gibson.

“That man run around Miss Gibson house from a boy. He and her son pitch marbles and fly kite, so the same pain that the son feels he would have to be feeling,” he said.

“It could have happened to anybody. Everybody does got dogs.”

11 Responses to Cruel loss

  1. Preciouz Peachez
    Preciouz Peachez January 30, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    May her soul R.I.P and Rise In Glory she didn’t deserve to die this way. My Deepest Sympathy to her family.

  2. Jessica Fletcher
    Jessica Fletcher January 30, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    So sad …rise in glory Ms.Gibson.

  3. Curtis Lee Corbin III
    Curtis Lee Corbin III January 31, 2017 at 12:20 am

    “Ouch, dog bites 74 year old Gibson.”

  4. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince January 31, 2017 at 12:43 am


  5. Kelly January 31, 2017 at 1:16 am

    This is indeed a very sad incident as it brings back memories for me as a child when me myself was attacked by blood hungry pitbulls but thanks to some brave souls who fought them i survived. May this lady rest in peace.

  6. Nicholas Lashley
    Nicholas Lashley January 31, 2017 at 4:09 am


  7. Kathryn Smith
    Kathryn Smith January 31, 2017 at 4:34 am

    So sorry. May she rest in peace.

  8. Outside January 31, 2017 at 8:00 am

    My brother i have a lot of respect for you at least u tried to help that lady without help from the video recorders,theLord is going to bless you,

  9. Outside January 31, 2017 at 8:03 am

    This is so so sad i don’t even know this lady and I’m hurting I just can’t imagine what her family going through

  10. Tony Webster January 31, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Not a word from Relevant Authorities..and there must be hundreds more dangerous dogs…all over Barbados…waiting.
    I cannot imagine how her family and close friends must grieve over this senseless, horrific, needless loss.

  11. Tiffany February 1, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    As I read this story it saddens my heart and I feel the pain of both families. I remember one day walking through Prior Park in St. James and Oliver Jordan dog ran at a group of us he heard the screaming Mr. Jordan looked out of his window and never came out to see what was happening.


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