Police in Independence have impounded two pitbull dogs that killed village resident Jeffrey O’Brien. Independence police announced that they are seeking legal advice, and this is why no one has been arrested for the death of the villager as yet. O’Brien, 23, was riding home on his bicycle after a fishing trip, with a net, a paddle and some fish, when he was attacked by three dogs, two of which are pitbulls, at about 10:30 Saturday night on the public road to the lagoon in Independence.
Melvin Hernandez, who lived adjacent to Minister Joy Grant’s house on her property, said that he owned the dogs, but he was not present when the dogs attacked O’Brien.
Hernandez had told Amandala that he had gone out earlier that Friday night and when he returned home at about 1:00 a.m. Saturday, he found O’Brien lying on the roadside, clinging to life after he was viciously bitten by the dogs. O’Brien died shortly after.
Jeffrey O’Brien was buried in the Independence cemetery yesterday, Wednesday. He is survived by his mother, Jennifer; two sisters, six brothers, including Police Constable O’Brien, and a host of relatives and friends.