Trinidad and Tobago: 11-year-old Rachel Bhagwandeen was killed by a family dog while at her grandparent’s home at Solomon St. Vistabella on Thursday, 25th August 2022, after the dog escaped from its kennel.
She saved her brother, and her mother stated, “I failed my baby girl when I tried to get the dog off of her… She’s a hero as she saved her baby brother from getting killed.”
The dog, a mixed breed American Bull/ American Bully dog, caught the petite girl inside the bedroom of the family’s home at Solomon Street. The student of the Vistabella Presbyterian School was set to write the Secondary Entrance Assessment examination next year.
She lived in Freeport with his parents and three siblings. She was visiting extended family when tragedy struck around 11 am. She and her brother Jaylon were watching television and the dog, Buddy, walked into the room.
Rachel pushed Jaylon to the door and told him to run for his life. Relatives said she also told him that “she will take it.” Jaylon ran and alerted mother Seema Bhagwandeen and other relatives who were nearby.
A relative also saw the dog heading into the house and told Bhagwandeen.
Simultaneously, the relative tried calling Rachel’s cell phone to tell her to lock the door. As the mother rushed to the house, her weeping son was heading towards her.
As Bhagwandeen waited for the police to remove the body, she was inconsolable. She hugged Jaylon and repeatedly told him that Rachel was a hero and an angel in heaven.
A relative recalled: “She (Rachel) told him (Jaylon) to run, (saying) ‘she will take it.’” Jaylon ran and alerted relatives who were nearby.
The dog, Buddy, attacked and killed the child, who was a student of the Vistabella Presbyterian School.
Police are still on the scene
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