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Dec 13, 2012

Can’t understand how two dogs just killed a man

Clive Bernard Coe

The life of a caretaker in the south was cut short when he was mauled to death by two ferocious Fila brasileiro dogs, commonly known as the Brazilian Mastiff. The sixty-six year old caretaker went to work on Tuesday evening but sometime during his shift, he was viciously attacked by the guard dogs. It is believed that storm events may have excited the dogs. News Five Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Sixty-six year old Clive Bernard Coe was last seen alive as he left for work at the Agricultural Development and Services Limited (ADS) on Tuesday evening. But during his shift from five p.m. to seven a.m. the following morning, something went awfully wrong; his body was discovered just after seven on Wednesday by another employee. Coe was mauled by two fila brasileiro dogs.


Mark Stevens

ASP Mark Stevens, Deputy Officer Commanding, Dangriga Police

“Dangriga police was called out to the Agriculture Development Research Center at Mile nine and a half on the Stann Creek Valley Road. Upon arrival, Dangriga Police observed the watchman, sixty-six year old Clive Bernard Coe, was lying under the shed. He had what appeared to be multiple dog bites on his body and two of the dogs were on either, both, sides of the body.”


Coe had been working at ADS for approximately ten years and the dogs assisted in keeping watch on the compound. The family is in a state of shock and is awaiting the post mortem results to determine the cause of death.


Dale Santos Sr.

Dale Santos Sr., Brother-in-Law of Deceased

“Yesterday morning when I gone dah work, they called me and told me that my brother-in-law passed away. I didn’t know about any accident or that; but until later on I get to hear that he was bitten by dogs. But I don’t really know what caused his death. The post mortem will take place and the doctor will rule if that’s the case.”


But what could have triggered the dogs to attack the caretaker is still a mystery.


Dale Santos Sr.

“He was a little diabetic and had a little pressure and thing like that—like a lot of other people do—but Mister Clive was a devoted man to his work. I think he worked at that place for over ten years. He was the caretaker of the place and things like that and the dogs; they knew him very well so I don’t know what triggered off anything to happen.”


ASP Mark Stevens

“The dogs do belong to the ADS and they have since been taken out; they have since been killed.”


But Coe will be remembered as a humble Independence resident who relocated to Hope Creek where he spent most of his years as an employee at the Forestry Department before he met his death at ADS.


Dale Santos Sr.

“I know Mister Clive was a very cool man to have around; run jokes. He’s a very nice person to have around since he came to this area. He’s originally from Independence Village, but many years ago, maybe thirty plus or so years, he came to this side from there. [He] got transferred to work at the Forestry Department and after he retired from there, he worked at ADS as the watchman.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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12 Responses for “Can’t understand how two dogs just killed a man”

  1. Storm says:

    The fact that ADS kept such uncontrollable and deadly dogs on the premises is pretty inexplicable. I hope there is an adequate investigation of this poor man’s death, and that proper punishment follows where the evidence leads.

    Does our government have other mankillers out there on other premises?

    I hope the press keeps this matter in the public eye.

  2. lflo says:

    This breed of dog is responsible for many deaths around the world.They should be outlawed in Belize.

  3. Stephen says:

    Why kill the dogs if minding the place is their job. At least wait to see what kill the man but too late already killed the dogs. That should be the same case when someone kill, just take them and kill them and the killing will stop.

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    From 5pm to 7am no one checked on this man to ensure that everything was in order at the ADS.

  5. Seletar says:

    An animal doesn’t need to be huge and deadly to be a good watch dog. It just needs to be alert and loud, to give an alarm so that human guards can come check out the situation. The best guard dog I’ve ever owned weighed less than 10 pounds, a little Maltese, because he checked out and barked at everything. In some countries they use geese as guard animals, because they are loud and fearless.

  6. Louisville,Ky says:

    Very sad. My condolences to the Coe family.
    On the lighter side…. Mark, what are you doing? You are bloated my boy. As the OIC, you need to set a better example in terms of discipline and exercise. What sayeth thou, Markie?
    Take my foolish advice paatna, it won’t be two bull dogs that will take you out, it’ll be the other TWO.
    Presha an Shugga. Yerr?

  7. Elgin Martinez says:

    @Louisville you di an today Lol.

  8. Learner says:

    Sympathies to the family, it is not their fault. But I would never blame the dog. They did what they are trained to do. A lot of Belizeans are buying full breed guard dogs without understanding how to train, and handle them. There is no set of guidelines, but dogs need a lot of training and I am pretty sure Mr. Coe was not comfortable with these dogs, and the dogs were also not comfortable with him. For a dog handler to be close to guard dogs, they must bond with them…otherwise, especially at night…they will attack you if they do not identify you. At night they cannot see well..and they will rush even their owner…so you have to talk to them before you approach at night. For the dogs to give you full trust, you have to reward all the time. Give them rewards, feed them, walk them..and then they will realize you are really part of their pack. Otherwise, they will never be loyal to you, and can attack.

  9. Sad day says:

    what kill the dogs? so barbaric and reactionary in our approach, we are all assuming the dogs killed him. what if this man had a stroke and fell down and was attack then by the dogs due to his abnormal behavoir, what if he had a seizure and started convulsing and was then attacked by the dogs, what if he had a heart attack died and was the bitten by the dogs, so many possible theories that need proper forensics ( not Estradabran). I am definitely against killing these two dogs prematurely.

  10. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff) Owner says:

    While it is rather unfortunate that the pair of dogs allegedly mauled Mr. Coe, it is important, as one individual mentioned in a previous blog, to properly socialize these animals. As an owner of a Fila pup, a year old this month, I realize that extensive time and training has to be invested in having him co-mingle. Their innate temperament and natural guarding instinct are reasons enough for owners to be careful when handling and introducing these mastiffs to strangers. I will not assume that these dogs killed Mr. Coe, instead I will leave it to the coroner to determine the exact cause of death. Despite their negative reputation, Filas, like pitbull terriers, do make great pets, they’re just not for everyone.

  11. EX PC says: …wow

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