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    Question Dangerous dogs for attacking a cat ?

    OK guys, i'm interested in your thoughts here.

    Long story short ... neighbors kid leaves gate open, 2 staffys go for walkies, find cat and attack it, council called and now they are in the pound.
    The owner told me today that the ranger she spoke to wont release the dogs back to her until tomorrow at earliest and only after he speaks to the cat owners, his boss and inspects her yard.

    He said worse case scenario, the dogs are declared dangerous, $220 each for wondering dogs, another $200 or so each for unregistered dogs .....and whatever the vet fee for the rat chaser is.

    Now i agree that's fair but ..... declared "dangerous" ??? I cant see why that would be the case unless they ripped down the fence and entered a backyard to attack the cat. They are far from dangerous dogs as far as kids and human go. Very friendly actually.
    We don't know the full details of the cat attack yet other than "it's alive" . I'm hoping it was in a unfenced front yard or out on the road. 90% of houses here aren't fenced at the front.

    I admit the dogs and owner are at fault here ......but surely it doesn't make a dog dangerous just because it went for a cat ?.


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    Its no surprise to me that the dogs might be declared dangerous Its a real shame, but not surprising to me. I guess the term dangerous dog isn't just regarding dogs that are dangerous to people... And i bet the council are happy to declare them dangerous because they are a bully type breed I agree with you, a one off attack shouldn't result in a dog being declared dangerous!
    It does concern me somewhat that one day i might find myself in a situation with Koda where he might be aggressive to another dog and be reported and declared dangerous. I don't worry about it because as long as i keep him under control it should be okay, but those kinds of things do cross one's mind

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    Yes, i was thinking the same thing.... something as silly as a child leaving a door open could result in my dogs finding themselves in a similar situation.

    Thing is if the dogs are declared dangerous it might be the end of the road for the poor dogs. I'm pretty sure their rental properties fence wont meet a dangerous dog standard as its only about 4 foot high (enough to keep 2 small Staffy's in) and the extra $$$ in rego fee's. Fingers and paws crossed it dosn't come to that.


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    This happened to a friends parents, the two staffies got out and chased a pony. I am not sure if they actually attacked but the pony ran into a fence and had to be put down and the dogs were declared dangerous. The council was really unhelpful even though they did everything to try and rectify the situation. In the end they had one of the dogs put down as keeping him in a pen was doing more damage, the poor dog had spend its life living indoors and couldn't cope.

    It is a hard one to call, the cat shouldn't have been outdoors and IMO anyone that lets their cat out has to expect that things like this will happen and take some of the blame as well. But then the dogs should not have been out either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    This happened to a friends parents, the two staffies got out and chased a pony. I am not sure if they actually attacked but the pony ran into a fence and had to be put down and the dogs were declared dangerous. The council was really unhelpful even though they did everything to try and rectify the situation. In the end they had one of the dogs put down as keeping him in a pen was doing more damage, the poor dog had spend its life living indoors and couldn't cope.

    It is a hard one to call, the cat shouldn't have been outdoors and IMO anyone that lets their cat out has to expect that things like this will happen and take some of the blame as well. But then the dogs should not have been out either.
    Thats so sad Jadielee and all they did was chase the pony!
    You make a good point about the cat! Even though two of my three cats are allowed outside i don't like that they are allowed out (similar to the dog situation, not my choice). There are so many dangers to cats outside, as well as them being a danger to wildlife. We've lost way too many cats from things that wouldn't have happened if they weren't allowed outside. I guess its a "let them out at your/their own risk" type situation.
    I think both the dogs owner and the cats owner are partially at fault here. Hopefully the dogs won't be declared dangerous and will be able to continue living happily and the cat's owner will have learnt their lesson and won't let it out any more... I know cats love being outside but i've learnt all too many times how true the saying "curiosity killed the cat" is. Its just not worth the risk in my mind.

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    Definitely! Molly wants to go out so badly but every time she manages to escape she just gets scared and tries to get back in. lol She wouldn't last long as an outdoor cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    Definitely! Molly wants to go out so badly but every time she manages to escape she just gets scared and tries to get back in. lol She wouldn't last long as an outdoor cat.
    Yes my indoor cat Sebastian is much the same. Wants to go out but gets scared when he does manage to get out

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    This happened to a friends parents, the two staffies got out and chased a pony. I am not sure if they actually attacked but the pony ran into a fence and had to be put down and the dogs were declared dangerous. The council was really unhelpful even though they did everything to try and rectify the situation. In the end they had one of the dogs put down as keeping him in a pen was doing more damage, the poor dog had spend its life living indoors and couldn't cope.

    It is a hard one to call, the cat shouldn't have been outdoors and IMO anyone that lets their cat out has to expect that things like this will happen and take some of the blame as well. But then the dogs should not have been out either.
    Ooh 'jadielee87' – that is soo sad to read the above ! That poor pony ! How scared it must have been and then because of its injuries – having to be put down !

    From what you have said – the owners came off very lightly with just their dogs being declared dangerous. If it had been my pony – that would have been the least of their legal problems !

    'Sean' - If their dogs are out and about and not in their own yard - then the owners of these dogs must 'man up' and be responsible for what damage and destruction their dogs do !

    There really is no excuse for dogs not being registered with the council, microchipped and for them not being safely contained in their own backyard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    Ooh 'jadielee87' – that is soo sad to read the above ! That poor pony ! How scared it must have been and then because of its injuries – having to be put down !

    From what you have said – the owners came off very lightly with just their dogs being declared dangerous. If it had been my pony – that would have been the least of their legal problems !

    'Sean' - If their dogs are out and about and not in their own yard - then the owners of these dogs must 'man up' and be responsible for what damage and destruction their dogs do !

    There really is no excuse for dogs not being registered with the council, microchipped and for them not being safely contained in their own backyard.
    I don't think anyone disagrees with that RileyJ, more whether a dangerous dog declaration is appropriate. I have no problem with the owners being fined and forced to pay damages for the cat(assuming the cat was allowed outside under council rules) but I don't think it's appropriate to classify them as dangerous for attacking a cat. Just MO

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    My take is nope. Not dangerous. An unfortunate occurrence with shared responsibility...cat out..dogs not under human control.

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