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14 Aug 2007

Dangerous situation
Hi,

I need help with two problems, please:
1) Our neighbours have male 4 dogs (3 very large mixed breeds and a dachshund). The dachshund is constantly in the street. I’ve watched (and flinched) as cars had to swerve to avoid him. He terrorizes the neighbourhood dogs and nips at the heels of joggers. Last week he decided to nip at the heels of a Great Dane which was being walked down our street. Luckily the Dane and the owner ignored him. I’ve spoken to the owners, but they simply shrug and give me all sorts of excuses.

2) Also, none of their dogs are neutered and the three large dogs regularly have very aggressive fights. The worst thing is that the children pull the dogs apart when they fight. This is a very very dangerous situation and a time bomb waiting to explode. I shudder to think that one of the dogs might bite the children and would then probably be put down. Or one day I might be looking out my living room window and watch the small dog being run over. The owners just don’t give a damn! People like these should be banned from keeping animals and even having children.

What can I do? I’ve thought about putting the dachshund in my yard, but these are not the type of people I want to mess with. They would probably open a case of theft against me. My nerves are shot! I flinch every time a car drives by and sometimes I hear tyres screeching and every time I think “this is it. This time he’s hit” Should I call the SPCA? Child Services? What do I do? I’ve told the children to run away when the dogs fight, but they don’t listen!

Please help!
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Yes please call the SPCA and you can also call your council. In Cape Town one may only have a maximum of 2 dogs so it they have four the council will be able to inform you of how many one many have.

You are right, it is dangerous for adults to pull fighting dogs apart because the dogs think that whatever has got hold of them is another dog and they often turn on the person separating them. For children to be doing this is irresponsible.
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