Family terrified of stray dog

2014-03-13 00:00

A NORTHDALE family have been held hostage over the past week by a stray dog that took up residence outside their gate, and proceeded to terrorise their own dogs and children.

The Odayan family said the cross-breed dog may be small, but it is vicious. It made repeated attempts to enter their yard, said Lynn Naidoo.

She said her daughter, Shereka, was particularly concerned because her children could not play in the yard and their own dogs had to be kept locked up.

They had bought wire to secure their gate, but the stray had managed to tear bits out.

However, what has infuriated the family is that they made several calls to the SPCA to have the dog removed, to no avail.

Naidoo said she would have taken the dog to the SPCA herself, but she was afraid it could be rabid.

SPCA manager Alistair Sinclair apologised to the family. “It is with regret that I have to acknowledge that our response to this complaint was definitely sub-standard. I have telephoned Mrs Naidoo as I am personally investigating this case,” he said.

He said a SPCA inspector who phoned the family yesterday was told that the dog was not vicious, but that the children were scared of it. He said the dog would be taken by the SPCA today.

Sinclair said the SPCA was currently operating with one inspector and one driver, covering the area from Richmond to Cato Ridge to Wartburg — “and are having to service the perceived urgent cases first”.

He said there were plans to get more inspectors and field officers, but these were on hold due to the severe financial constraints they currently faced.

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