As a Sea Point resident i’m on the promenade pretty much on a daily basis so the story on IOL News about an off-the-lead pit bull terrorising other dogs in the area is rather concerning. The dog in question has apparently attacked 15 other dogs over the past year and residents on the Atlantic Seaboard have called for the owner to be banned from walking her animal there. This follows an incident over the weekend when two small dogs were attacked by the pit bull on the promenade and the owner posted his account of events on Facebook. Numerous others have since commented saying their dogs have also been attacked by the same pit bull.
That’s an edited pic of the one posted by Shaun Hoddy, but shows the dog. His Facebook post includes comments like this one from another resident as well as several others who’ve had to pay thousands in vet bills after their dogs were attacked with no restitution from the owner.
The owner responded to questions from the Cape Argus and said the following.
“He does need to be on a lead. It’s my fault and I accept it.”
“But putting my dog down is not the solution,”
“People put things up his bum and in his eyes. I had to take him to the vet for treatment.” [iol]
Now you know.
And before any of you pit bull owners start complaining that i’m giving the breed a bad name, let me say that i have no problem with them. Clearly there is an issue that needs to be addressed before more animals or even a person gets injured. It’s not the first time this has occurred.
UPDATE: owner of the pit bull has has “laid charges of harassment, intimidation and crimen injuria against Shaun Hoddy, accusing him of calling her a “f**king b*tch” and threatening to “break her f**king neck”. [Times LIVE]