Dog attack

2015-05-05 06:00

A woman and her two dogs have been left scarred after they were attacked by another dog in Plumstead.

And now she is calling on the owner of the dog to take responsibility for his pet’s actions.

The incident occurred on Friday 6 March about 11:30 in Lympleigh Park.

The owner of the dogs, a mixed poodle and a dachshund, was in the park making their way around the track as they usually do during their afternoon walks.

The woman claims a dog, a boerboel from a property directly across the street, then came running towards them.

According to the woman, the dog ran out of the yard when the gate of the property opened.

“It happened so fast and before I knew it the dog had my small poodle at the throat,” she says.

She jumped inbetween the boerboel and her dog and pulled the boerboel away and in the process she was bitten on her fingers.

“The adrenalin was rushing through my body and I did not feel a thing. The only thing on my mind was to protect my dogs,” she says.

As she was crouched on the ground protecting her one dog, the sausage dog came back from where it was trying to hide and got bitten as well.

The woman and her dogs struggled for a couple of minutes before they were able to escape to a resident’s house opposite the park.

“The resident helped me get the dogs in a safe place and I ran home to get my car to take them to the vet. The vet treated their wounds and I was also given something for my bites. We are healing well,” she says.

The woman then made contact with the owner of the boerboel who in return apologised and said without a doubt that he would take care of her medical expenses.

The owner said he was unaware of the incident until someone in his street brought it to his attention.

Neither dog owners wanted to be named.

“I was informed that the woman and her dogs were attacked by my dog and immediately wanted to make contact with her when I found out about it,” he says.

He wanted to know how this had happened and turned to his video footage which monitors his property, but faces the street as well where the attack took place.

“I noticed that when I left my house the gate closed behind me as I waited before driving off,” he says.

“However, a couple of seconds after I had left the gate opened I could see my dog leave the property and go towards the park.”

The woman says the owner admitted that the gate opened by itself due to an electrical fault giving his dog the opportunity to escape from the property.

“I am truly sorry for what had happened and have made an effort to ensure that my dogs are not anywhere near the electrical gate,” he says.

He says he is glad that he and the woman could make amends and have put the incident behind them.

JP Smith, mayco member for Safety and Security, said the location where the incident occurred will be added to the Animal Control Unit’s list of hotspots in terms of contraventions of the Animal Bylaw.

“Officers will monitor the area and conduct proactive enforcement in a bid to hold dog owners accountable,” Smith said.

Asked what the consequences would be for the owners of pets found to have attacked other dogs, Smith said an authorised officer would compile all of the evidentiary material in a docket to be submitted to the City’s Legal Services Department to enable the dog’s owner to be summoned to the municipal court.

Alternatively, the officer may issue a written notice to appear in court with an Admission of Guilt fine (presently R2000) along with the impoundment of the dog.

“The docket would also contain the seizure and impoundment notice, admission document if the dog was impounded, and the officer’s affidavit. An authorised officer is empowered to seize and impound dog/s in terms of the Animal Bylaw 2010 if certain provisions of the bylaw are contravened,” Smith said.

The dogs are kept at the City’s pound in Atlantis or at an animal welfare organisation such as the SPCA.

“A dog may not be released to its owner if the release will result in a contravention of the relevant sections of the Animal Bylaw,” he said.

Smith said the impounded dog may be put down or sold after a period of 10 days if the dog has not been released.

In addition, a dog may be put down if it has been seized because it is suffering from mange or any infections or contagious disease or to be badly injured, or if it is found by the authorised official to be ferocious, vicious or dangerous.

“The owner may also make representations in respect of the impounded dog/s which will be considered along with the docket to arrive at an appropriate outcome with regard to the seized dog/s,” Smith said.

Smith adds that residents should be extremely cautious around dogs running around unsupervised and contact the Animal Control Unit of Law Enforcement by calling 107 or 021 480 7700.V

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