I think the cat owner - dog hater might be a tiny bit upset :S
Upset is understandable but punishing the owner who is trying to do all the right things only encourages other people who have the same problem - not to own up and not to pay.
Yes, totally counterproductive. I can't stand people that lack emotional intelligence... And to link having the dogs declared dangerous to them paying by a certain deadline would make me see red.
I know accidents can happen but really a dog owner does need to take all care that a dog is not let out accidently especially if the owners knows that it may chase something. If you know your dog you have a good idea of what it might do on the loose.
The pony incident is not right. I have seen a child riding a pony have the pony chased by a dog. I was riding the other way and my horse reared up and both the child and I was battling to control our equines. A passer by managed to chase the dog off. I most definitely rang the ranger and complained as that dog and I knew where it lived was often on the loose and had chased my horse on several occassions. That child or myself could have been killed. The dog, a golden retriever, was very dangerous to people on horses and it was a horsy area.
Of course dogs chasing cats and horses is something many dogs will do. Most owners should be well aware of this and if they are careless in their management of the dog and the cat is on its own property or a pony is in its paddock or being ridden that it is your responsibility as a dog owner to prevent a situation. I am surrounded by livestock and when I leave my dogs I padlock everything and leave nothing to chance. I am totally aware of all the situations that could arise and am very vigilant with my dogs. That is my responsibility to keep them safe. Even in suburbia I always padlocked my gates to guard against my neighbours kids letting them out and mostly left them in the house when I wasnt home. Dog laws are tough so one just has to be extra careful.
People do get angry in the heat of the moment when their animals are put in danger or damaged, possibly in an unreasonable way at times. As dog owners we need to protect our dogs by being vigilant. Way too many people are just plain slack in their management of their dogs and people get fed up with it. Living in a rural area recently we had a couple of town dogs rip a whole lot of pregnant sheep to pieces, the carnage was shocking. They were heavy built dogs with thick set heads and necks, the farmer reckoned they were staffy, mastiff type crosses, they were euthanaised. Shame dogs have to pay for slack owners.
Last edited by Kalacreek; 02-05-2014 at 01:26 AM.
If I padlocked my gate - the meter reader wouldn't be able to get in. But that might be a good thing.
It's just a touch inconvenient for me and the neighbours (who borrow my bins when needed). But if something bad happened I'd start.
Mostly she's only in the back yard when I'm home and we both hear the front gate open before anyone gets to the side gate.
The law states that a dog attacking/killing another animal/human is to be declared dangerous. Those are the guidelines so yes, the dogs are easily able to be declared dangerous. They were not properly contained, at large and caused severe harm.
'Sean' - did things get sorted out ? Is the cat OK ?
The Staffy owners haven't heard anything from the cat owner and the dogs where not declared dangerous but have been put on some sort of 'doggy parole'. If they mess up again within a certain amount of time (which i forget how long) they will be declared dangerous.
So all in all the dog owners have been pretty lucky i thought.
Doesn't mean the cat saga is over yet but it does seem that way at the present time.
Despite the sign on my door I put on when cat is inside there was a snake and I unthinkingly let mine in. Thank dog she was near the hall door so I could get her through it before they attacked. Crime scene averted and near heart failure for me.
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