Following the decision to euthanize the pitbull dog "Hershey" last week the Minister of Environment and Planning the Hon. Sylvan Richards JP MP wishes to remind members of the public the Pitbull is, by law, a prohibited breed of dog in Bermuda.
"The decision to euthanize the dog was made by the Department of Environmental Protection," said Minister Richards. "I, as Minister of Environment and Planning support this decision as it is consistent with the department's policy and within the powers prescribed under the Dogs Act 1978.
"Under current policy the Pitbull is a prohibited breed and regardless of ownership, the animal was unquestionably illegal. The public should be reminded that Pitbulls were placed on the banned list for a reason. While small breeds of dog can bite, it is the power and severity of a Pitbull attack that is the most concerning. It only takes one tragic incident involving a child and this would be a totally different conversation. As Minister this must be my concern."
Earlier today the Minister of Public Safety, the Hon. Michael Dunkley, JP, MP, highlighted the recent restoration works to the Grace Methodist which were completed by inmates from the Ferry Reach Prison Farm facility.
Over the past four months, the more than 100-year-old North Shore church had extensive renovations done, which included refurbished pews and walls and a completely reconstructed wooden floor. Eight to 12 inmates from the east end correctional facility conducted works which ranged from carpentry to masonry to painting.
As you are aware in honour of the late Nelson Mandela, a Condolence book is available for signing at the Cabinet Office.
This morning, the Premier, the Hon. Craig Cannonier, JP, MP, and Deputy Opposition Leader, Derrick Burgess, JP, MP, both wrote messages of tribute to Mr. Mandela.
Members of the public who wish to pay their respects by signing the book can visit the Cabinet Office today through Friday (Dec. 13) between the hours of 10.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.