Margate road’s four-legged ‘Cosa Nostra’

2015-10-08 06:00

JONTY Village in Margate is a spacious green-lawned, picket-fenced complex of some dozen cottages. It stretches across Dorothy Street through to and across George Miller street. While it represents “heaven” for the many small dogs and their owners living there, it represents hell for any one walking one or more small dogs along either of these two streets.

Jack Russels, Dachshund and Pekinese have enlisted to form “the gang” passing the house or simplexes en route. “Scouts” have dutifully barked alerting the gang that the vulnerable prey is approaching. It’s quite alarming to see cuddly lap dogs, armed to the teeth, excitedly pouring forth through the lower sections of picket fencing to gleefully intercept a luckless passerby.

One suddenly finds oneself ambushed by a pack of viciously snapping and barking violence-bent “Tas- manian­ devils”. Having had the need to carry a long stick (in hope it will meet its target), I find myself ineffectually lashing out at a little blighters darting this way and that to sneakily slip up behind and deliver a surprise nip.

One morning a rubbery-legged hysterical little man, brandishing his arms, lopsidedly ran out of the village shouting “Don’t you hit my dogs.” (If only that were possible). Then there have been dirty looks from women leaning out over a stable door implying I have no right to show indignation.

They make no effort to call their dogs. Can’t they understand that the street are for pedestrians and traffic, not for gangs of dogs that have no right to be there. I seem to remember a municipal by-law stating that dogs must be kept within properties or risk being impounded.

Recently two dogs have become too scared to go down Dorothy or George Miller streets. They are not cowards but, when out numbered, wisdom dictates flight.

Determined no to succumb to menace, I literally drag my dogs along all the while.

The inhabitants of Jonty’s should club together to purchase wire or plastic­ mesh of ½ metre width which should be erected along the lower half of the gate and picket fencing.

Fenced in, their pets would be safe from traffic and theft.

Dorothy and Gorge Miller streets could once agin be safe and enjoyable for a pedestrian to stroll along.

However, taking all aspects into consideration, the gang does serve as an expensive alarm system and a criminal deterrent for the entire surrounding neighbourhood. What has the municipality got to say about this?

Exasperated Stroller

One suddenly finds oneself ambushed by a pack of viciously snapping and barking violence-bent Tasmanian­ devils

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