Owners urged: keep your dogs inside

2015-02-26 00:00

ENFORCE Security and the Kloof and Highway SPCA have urged home owners to keep their dogs ­inside at night to avoid the rising number of dog poisonings and thefts, but also as another layer of security.

Dog owners should also strive to keep their dogs out of reach of people outside their yards, Enforce Security managing director Anthony Feuilherade said in a statement.

“In many house break-in and robbery cases, home owners reported their dogs did not responding aggressively towards the suspects entering their homes, he said. “This was because often the criminals were known to the dogs.”

Keeping dogs away from passers-by would therefore not only prevent strangers making friends with the dogs, but also prevent cases of theft and poisonings. Feuilherade added that in many cases of dog poisonings, the pet owners’ home had been targeted by house breakers or robbers a few days ­afterwards.

Kloof and Highway SPCA manager Barbara Patrick echoed this.

She said poisonings and thefts were “slowly increasing” and that the thefts were increasing more frequently as a new criminal trend was to obtain money by selling the dogs or keeping them until a reward was offered by the owner.

Furthermore, if dog owners did not treat their pets as part of the family, they should not expect their dogs to defend them in incidents of crime, Feuilherade said.

He added that even though dogs could provide an extra layer of security, they served more as an early warning alert as opposed to defence against criminals.

“Unless a dog is a trained working dog, it should be adopted to be a pet, not a guard dog.”

Patrick added: “Dogs that get an opportunity to bond with owners and family members will have a greater connection with them and therefore it is only natural that they will protect them better.”

Ideally, people should have alarm beams outside the house, and the dogs sleeping inside the house, the statement said.

Some tips:

• If you suspect that your animal has been stolen, report it to the ­police immediately.

• Microchip your animals as this is an effective and efficient way of successfully reuniting animals with their owners, as well as proving ownership.

• If possible, do not let your dogs have access to driveway gates.

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