* Photo by Colin Thompson. Caged: The culprit of last week’s attack, pictured shortly after being captured by an animal warden.
* Photo by Colin Thompson. Caged: The culprit of last week’s attack, pictured shortly after being captured by an animal warden.
Retired ambulance driver David DeVent wrestled a vicious pit bull and lived to tell the story.

Mr.DeVent came face to face with the stray dog at his family homestead on Curving Avenue.

The dog attacked and killed four of Mr. DeVent's chickens and wounded another before being captured by an animal warden.

But not before 71 year old Mr. DeVent  courageously took matters into his own hands and wrestled with the pit bull inside his chicken coup that also houses rabbits.

He said: "I got a call from my tenant who told me there was a dog in my chicken coup. She tried to open the door to the chicken coup to let the dog out, but the dog charged at her.

"So she closed the door back and called me and when I arrived the dog was still in the coup chasing the chickens around trying to kill them.

"I was concerned about my safety but the dog was attacking my chickens - I had to react.

"I managed to restrain and contain the dog in the coup until the animal warden arrived. And after a few minutes they arrived and took the dog away.

"It was a very vicious and aggressive dog and I am really relieved no one was hurt.

"I also have rabbits which children come by to visit. Fortunately they were not around."

"This is very unfortunate because the children loved the chickens - they were their pets. They actually had names for them.

"I think the owners of these particular dogs should be held responsible for the damage they do."

Mr. DeVent's tenant Rosana Zuniga was shaken up by the harrowing ordeal.

She said: "I heard the chickens making a lot of noise outside and so I went out to see what was happening.

"When I saw the dog I was shaking because it was a very big dog. I tried to let it out of the coup but it charged me.

"I ran inside the house and called my landlord (Mr. DeVent)."

Mrs. Zuniga occassionally has young visitors at her house and she is relieved none of them were around when the dog attacked.

"Thank god they were not around when this happened. It could been worse than just chickens losing their lives."

Last week the Bermuda Sun revealed proposals from breeders of 'dangerous' dogs, like Rottweilers and Pit Bulls, to get the breeds removed from the banned list under strict licensing conditions.

Jack Castle, who breeds Rottweilers for competitions in the U.S. and Canada, said tighter controls were required for all breeds.

But he believes responsible owners should be allowed to bring in so-called dangerous dogs under licence, with a greater emphasis put on policing those who mistreat or fail to control their animals.

A committee has been set-up to represent the interests of breeders and they are in talks with Government.

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