Victims think robbers used spray paint to keep dogs quiet

2012-05-01 00:00

RESIDENTS from Elved Wright Circle in Hayfields believe that robbers used poison and spray paint to keep three dogs quiet so they could steal a car from a house there in the early hours of Sunday morning.

One dog died, another is missing and the other is very sick and can barely walk.

A resident, who did not want to be named, who is also the owner of the missing dog, said she was very upset by this. “We love our animals and they are there to protect us and alert us when these things happen,” she said.

She said her family was asleep and didn’t hear anything that was happening outside their house at the time. “This is a quiet neighbourhood and this is the first time something like this has happened. We want to warn our neighbours about this.”

Cans of spray paint were found near the crime scene, prompting residents to believe they were used in the attack on the dogs.

Shawn Renders, the owner of the sick dog and the dog that died, told The Witness he was extremely disturbed and upset by what had happened.

“The dogs started going ballistic in the evenings a while back. They don’t usually do that so this means they were aware of what was happening and were alerting us.

“Dogs don’t just bark for no reason,” he said.

The dogs have been with the family for more than two years. “My wife is very distraught by this. Our dog died a terrible death,” he said.

Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the police were not aware of the fact that the dogs had been poisoned. She urged residents to report such incidents to the police.

“This was not brought to our attention. That would have been valuable information for the police.

“People must bring such information the police so that we can know what kind of suspects we are dealing with.” she said.

She added that they have had cases around the city before where dogs were poisoned, and people broke into houses or stole a vehicle. No one has been arrested in the case.

Anyone with information about the missing dog can call Mrs Reddy on 082 822 2340.

• Siyathemba.Ben@media24. com

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