Dogs causing havoc at local hotel

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Dogs causing havoc at local hotel
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The dogs have been blamed for a decline in reservations.

Dogs have been plaguing the Crystals Hotel in Soufriere, resulting in a decline in business.

Assistant Manager Jessica Charles told St Lucia News Online (SNO) today (June 27) that for the last couple of months, dogs from the neighborhood have been visiting the hotel and “disturbing the peace and creating mischief”.

The dogs are also discharging faeces all over the hotel.

“They are going in the garbage, spreading it around the property and going into the guest cottages. It was reported to the Soufriere Police Station, who assured us that they will speak with the neighbours. The manager also spoke with the neighbours about the issue,” Charles said.

At least 10 complaints have been lodged with the police. “Ever since that time we have had about 15 guests, all whom had pretty much checked out. We called to check with the police and was told that is not their problem and we should seek legal advice to take the neighbours to court,” she said.

Garbage emptied by the dogs.

Charles told SNO that it’s putting a strain on their business and they have tried all means of getting assistance, but to no avail.

The hotel is usually booked all year and provides accommodation for about 30-40 people at one time. However, during this month, because of the scenario, reservations have declined.

The hotel will be seeking an audience with the tourism ministry, the Soufriere Constituency Office and the St. Lucia  Hotel and Tourism Association.

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  1. im from d area and I can say theres no problems with dogs there. infact very few ppl live there.the owner of the hotel owns majority of the dogs and it their dogs causing noise at nights hence the guest not wanting to stay.

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    • What rubbish are you saying i have stayed several times at the hotel and they have 2 dogs who are very nice and hardly bark and well looked after they are talking about the 4 dogs just down the road belonging to a taxi driver and the 6 dogs further down the road belonging to another neighbor and the stray dogs that are from various people in the area who just drop the dogs to be given food by the owners at crystals, and not to mention the people from the area who put goats on the owners land.
      I never had a problem sleeping at the hotel, looks like you are one of the dog owners

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  2. Call the St. Lucia ASPCA thats if they have that shelta on the island.
    The owners if those dogs should be more responsible for thier pets. With dogs messing all over the hotel thats not good for their bussiness. They must also do their part by disposing their gabbage in cans with lids so the dogs will not get to it also persons with dogs must spade and muttered their dogs ee can feed our families muchless dogs. Everybody must do their part to curb this problem.

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    • Actually, yes there is an ASPCA in St Lucia. Located in Gros Islet, behind the Gros Islet Secondary School, dirt road leading to the place - a completely white house, white roof as well...managed by three(?) women from overseas.

      Once rescued a little Jack Russel from them!

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  3. Why is police for all dog report. Government needs to put different. Intitutions for animals and mentally ill.. its not an assault etc.
    Police have to deal with every shit?

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  4. "The hotel will be seeking an audience with the tourism ministry, the Soufriere Constituency Office and the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association...."
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    Give me a break!!!! Start cooking those dogs and your troubles will be over LOL.

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    • LAST TIME I CHECKED ANIMALS WERE GOD'S CREATURES TOO AND CERTIANLY DESERVE BETTER THAN TO DIE THE HORRIBLE DEATH OF POISONING. IS THIS HOW YOU WOULD SOLVE ISSUES WITH OTHER PROBLEMS, BY RESORTING TO VIOLENCE & ABUSE. DO YOU WANT YOUR KIDS TO GROW UP WITH THIS LACK OF COMPASSION FOR LIVING CREATURES? WITH THIS SORT OF EXAMPLE, THEY WILL. THERE ARE OTHER HUMANE AND MORE PROGRESSIVE WAYS TO HANDLE SITUATIONS LIKE THIS. AS ONE POSTER SUGGESTED, START WITH THE ASPCA OR THE LOCAL HUMANE SOCIETY. PERHAPS THE HOTEL OWNERS CAN OFFER TO HELP THE PET OWNERS FIGURE HOW TO CONTAIN THEIR ANIMALS SO THEY ARE NO LONGER CAUSING A PROBLEM. WORKING TOGETHER PROACTIVELY IS ALWAYS A BETTER WAY. THE WORLD IS CHANGING AROUND YOU LEMAR (AND OTHERS WHO PREFER JUST TO KILL THE ANIMALS BY ONE OF THE MOST HORIBBLE, PAINFUL METHODS POSSIBLE - POISONING). COUNTRIES IN THE CARIBBEAN AND AROUND THE WORLD ARE CHANGING THEIR ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL METHODS TO PROACTIVE, SPAY/NEUTER, ETC - IT'S TIME ST. LUCIA.

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    • Not nice, 'bambi' from the "FACTS" presented, are you inferring, given the managerial position at this hotel, you will inflict pain and suffering on those poor animals?

      No wonder the place is the way it is with these mentality and ideology.

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  5. I have three words for you- plenty rat poison!! When thief going at people homes they poisoning dogs do they cate about animal protection society? The hotel are in it to make money which they are losing because guests are checking out so drastic measures are needed!

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  6. It would be more humane to shoot the dogs rather than just everyone arguing over who should be responsible about them. The police should tell everyone that if their dogs are running at large after a determined date that their dogs will be shot. If the animal lovers are upset over this then they can round up all the dogs and have them treated for all of the nasty germs that they have and then look after them for the rest of their lives. It is more cruel to watch these dogs die of a slow, painful death than to shoot them.

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  7. Prepare a nice friday night barbecue ah la Chien free for your guest, see how happy they will be finger licking good the best they ever had and your business will be booming I promise.

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  8. Call St. Lucia Animal Protection Society. Do not poison the dogs. That is evil. Evil will come back to you! There are other ways to handle the problem. Call St. Lucia Animal Protection Society. They are also on Facebook and have a website.

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  9. People in St. Lucia has a habit of just breeding dogs like crazy, grabbing dogs where they find them and then Dump them in the communities.
    They fail to realize that they must fence their parcel of land before "Dropping" those animals.
    So those dogs are left unattended and allowed to roam freely everywhere.

    The Government needs to ensure Laws are enacted to deal with this situation.
    It's getting out of hand.

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    • in a residential area just outside Castries , some people walking their dogs and not picking up their mess. These dogs messing in front of people's homes and the owners are not doing nothing about it. I will never support animal cruelty however, my patience has just about ran out.

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  10. The animal's rights authority should look into that before they start spreading rat poison

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  11. as far as am concerned when i was watching dbs news i think a officer said that there is a animals act and it is the police duty to detain those stray animals until the owners come for them and they have to pay a fine so how can the police say that not their concern even if the resources a limited

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    • Because, as was said in that same news clip, implementing that Act would make it necessary for the police to provide shelter for, who knows how many dogs as well as feed them, keep that environment hygienic, keep the animals healthy etc. etc.
      You do know what limited resources means, don't you?

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