Cat killed by dog next door

Neighbour said 'our cat had come on to their property and attacked their dog'

Neighbour said 'our cat had come on to their property and attacked their dog'

HAPPIER TIMES: Burmese cat Whiskey, pictured with his “big brother” Scooby. Whiskey was only seven months old when he wandered on to the neighbour’s property and was killed by the neighbour’s dog. The dog cannot be put down because it happened on its own property. Picture supplied

A Mangapapa man had to listen as his family’s “much-loved” cat was killed by the next door neighbour’s dog.

The family want to highlight the incident because they are frustrated the dog, which they deem to be dangerous, could have more rights than them and say there is a huge lack of “neighbourly respect”.

The mum said their Burmese pet cat was only seven months old. They also have a dog at their home.

They have large fences around their section but understand it is not possible to keep a cat on their property.

It was the reaction of the neighbours that made the situation worse for them, they say.

“There was no remorse shown. He said our cat had come on to their property and attacked their dog.”

Her husband had to retrieve the cat’s body from next door.

“We have owned cats for more than 30 years and this is the first instance that something like this has occurred. I am amazed at the dog owner’s choice to have an animal like that around their three young children.”

Gisborne District Council animal control team leader Ross Hannam said the dog cannot be put down because it was on its own property.

“It was understood to be on a chain at the time.

“If the dog was not on its own property, it would be menacing.

“We would ask the owner to surrender the dog, but that would be up to the dog owner if they chose to do so,” said Mr Hannam.

The cat owner said she phoned the cattery about an existing booking she had made for next week, and was even more upset when the cattery owner told her it was the second cat she had heard of being killed by a dog this week.

More often than not it was cars and trucks that killed family cats, the cattery owner said.

“Occasionally, I hear about the dog thing but it is not the most frequent — it is the cars and trucks especially at night.

“People always have that choice to lock their cat in at night, and I think the time will eventually come to register cats.

“It’s people that are the problem, not the dog.”

A Mangapapa man had to listen as his family’s “much-loved” cat was killed by the next door neighbour’s dog.

The family want to highlight the incident because they are frustrated the dog, which they deem to be dangerous, could have more rights than them and say there is a huge lack of “neighbourly respect”.

The mum said their Burmese pet cat was only seven months old. They also have a dog at their home.

They have large fences around their section but understand it is not possible to keep a cat on their property.

It was the reaction of the neighbours that made the situation worse for them, they say.

“There was no remorse shown. He said our cat had come on to their property and attacked their dog.”

Her husband had to retrieve the cat’s body from next door.

“We have owned cats for more than 30 years and this is the first instance that something like this has occurred. I am amazed at the dog owner’s choice to have an animal like that around their three young children.”

Gisborne District Council animal control team leader Ross Hannam said the dog cannot be put down because it was on its own property.

“It was understood to be on a chain at the time.

“If the dog was not on its own property, it would be menacing.

“We would ask the owner to surrender the dog, but that would be up to the dog owner if they chose to do so,” said Mr Hannam.

The cat owner said she phoned the cattery about an existing booking she had made for next week, and was even more upset when the cattery owner told her it was the second cat she had heard of being killed by a dog this week.

More often than not it was cars and trucks that killed family cats, the cattery owner said.

“Occasionally, I hear about the dog thing but it is not the most frequent — it is the cars and trucks especially at night.

“People always have that choice to lock their cat in at night, and I think the time will eventually come to register cats.

“It’s people that are the problem, not the dog.”

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Rach - 1 year ago
Cats should be contained at all times, just as all other pets are.
It is as much about keeping the pet safe from the outside world, as it is keeping the outside world safe from the pet.

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