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Invasion of cattle big worry in Cane Garden

Invasion of cattle big worry in Cane Garden

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Cane Garden residents are no longer willing to tolerate the invasion of their property by livestock left to run free in the neighbourhood.

In recent times, homeowners in the upscale residential area have taken to social media, complaining about cattle blocking the roadways, invading their yards and leaving cow dung behind.

But long-time resident of the area Michael Findlay says that the issue is not a new one, as he has been writing to the relevant authorities about the matter since before 2014.

“I have had to clean six heaps of cow dung which were deposited on the lawn late last week and sometime last evening,” Findlay, a former West Indies cricketer said in a letter addressed to the Commissioner of Police in 2015.

“On a previous occasion it took me more than an hour to clean the many heaps of cow dung off the lawn. One day last week, I had to leave the comfort and warmth of my bed after midnight to chase the animals off the lawn.”

The letter of complaint was also sent to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and the director of the Physical Planning unit.

However, Findlay told SEARCHLIGHT yesterday that the situation has not improved and as many as eight cattle and calves can be seen roaming the neighbourhood.

“It is not that the cattle broke their chains or rope. They do no even have neck rope, which indicates that they are not usually tied,” he said.

Another resident, Dr Adrian Fraser, told SEARCHLIGHT that on any given day there would be six or seven cows roaming the area.

“They sometimes block the street; you have to wait until they get out of the street. But worse is that they come right in front of your house and they just do what they have to do; they leave their mess there,” Fraser said.

He stated that last week, around 8 a.m., he witnessed an elderly lady trying to push four cows out of the way with a stick.

Fraser said no one knows who the animals belong to, adding that some residents have confronted possible owners of these animals. “But nobody claims to know who owns these cows. And it is something which has been going on for quite a long time,” he said.

Residents are also worried about their health, as the invasion of cattle and other livestock seems to have resulted in a tick infestation.

One resident said that she has found ticks in at least two bedrooms and had to fumigate her house on three separate occasions.

“It’s not cheap,” she declared. “Why should we have to incur the cost of getting rid of ticks when the goats, sheep and cows that are bringing the ticks don’t belong to us.”

The resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, explained that she has a young daughter and does not want her to get bitten by the ticks.

She further noted that she has lodged complaints with the Public Health Department in the Ministry of Health, but nothing has been done to remedy the situation.

But Neri James, the chief public health officer, told SEARCHLIGHT that he has not heard of any complaint made regarding ticks in the Cane Garden area.

He, however, noted that when complaints are made to the department, they are documented and the information is given to the public health officer for the area.

The chief public health officer added that certain animals are not permitted in residential areas.

“I know people have dogs and other things yes, but pigs and other things like that, no. So, it depends on the animal and the context,” James said.

He noted that ticks can spread diseases that can cause persons to fall ill and encouraged persons to call the Public Health Department and lodge their complaints.(BK/CM)

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