My neighbour's dog killed our lovely cat.

(72 Posts)
manyhands Tue 24-Jul-12 22:08:59

Well the title says it all. They called the police as we said they had a dangerous dog. They said the dog jumped over a six foot wall ( a greyhound) and escaped and well it's a hunting dog anyway! Needless to say the kids are heartbroken. Is there anyone else I should report the incident too.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 24-Jul-12 22:11:50

id say the police are your first port of call but id call the council and the RSPCA too for advice.
in all honesty, it will depend on the police officer you get to deal with it as to weather or not anything comes of it - its all so hit and miss as i am learning - call RSPCA as this is their bread and butter.

TangoSierra Tue 24-Jul-12 22:12:57

oh i am so sorry to hear this. Poor cat.

manyhands Tue 24-Jul-12 22:14:08

Thank you, the police seemed move concerned that there would be no ongoing tensions. I'll ring the RSPCA.

NotMostPeople Tue 24-Jul-12 22:14:38

What a terrible situation for you all.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 24-Jul-12 22:15:10

im a police officer - its an issue that would be close to my heart but not for some im afraid - RSPCA will be your best bet for any prospect of a prosecution i would say.

Backinthebox Tue 24-Jul-12 22:17:20

I honestly don't think there's a lot you can do about this. When a cat killed my budgie, it was just one of those things cats do. I'd have felt stupid calling the police.

manyhands Tue 24-Jul-12 22:17:40

Thank you, I'd not thought of the RSPCA.

Olympicnmix Tue 24-Jul-12 22:21:08

Greyhounds can have a very high prey drive and your neighbours must do something about securing their fence or have the dog permanently muzzled outside. You said the neighbours called the police - what's been their attitude towards what's happened?

Poor you and dcs, must be horrible sad

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 24-Jul-12 22:21:23

a bit different backinthebox - a cat is seen differently in law to a dog - but RSPCA will advise.

If you report it to the police they'll refer it to the RSPCA anyhoo (well they should do).
The police will put it down as criminal damage & unless you/someone saw the dog kill your cat it's unlikely it will go any further (if it did they're likely to sieze & destroy the dog, haven't known many owners get charged for dangerous but not illegal dog that 'only' killed a cat), however at least you've let someone know & if the dog goes on to attack another animal/person they've got evidence of the animal behaving badly in the past.

Hope your children are ok (and really hope they didn't find cat). sad

manyhands Tue 24-Jul-12 22:25:01

The neighbours attitude is that it is natural for a greyhound! They were horrified that we said there dog was dangerous. I'm assuming it was defensiveness on there part.

manyhands Tue 24-Jul-12 22:27:00

The children didn't find the cat and think she's in heaven.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 24-Jul-12 22:29:26

speaking as a police officer its unlikely (it wont happen) their dog will be seized. it wont. dont kid yourself.

not all police officers would think to refer this to the RSPCA - so do it yourself.

manyhands Tue 24-Jul-12 22:30:02

Several people say the dog kill our cat it was another neighbour who told us whose dog it was.

SuperSlattern Tue 24-Jul-12 22:33:40

It must be a defensive mechanism. They must be concerned that their dog may be destroyed.

I'm not a cat owner but I hate the idea of any animal suffering.

Even though they are animals and it's instinctive to hunt its still hurtful sad

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 24-Jul-12 22:33:45

those people will need to be willing to go on record and say what they saw.

msrantsalot Tue 24-Jul-12 22:34:18

what outcome do you want OP?

VivaLeBeaver Tue 24-Jul-12 22:38:41

It is natural for some greyhounds - high prey drive to chase and kill small animals. It doesn't mean that the dog is dangerous to people/kids if thats what you meant by it being dangerous.

However thats not much comfort to you when you've had your cat killed. They do need to realise now that they need to make the fence taller and muzzle it when outside. Your neighbours probably didn't think it would get over a 6ft fence. RGT say to have a 6ft fence/wall for greyhounds which suggests to me that even they think thats sufficient.

Your neighbours don't sound very remoresful. My neighbours dog got in my garden and chased my chickens away, though we did finally find them. They were round with wine, chocolate, in tears.

manyhands Tue 24-Jul-12 22:40:23

Honestly I dont know the outcome I want and it's a good question! I don't want another cat to be attacked by this dog but I think they will much more vigilant as others have pointed out they don't want their dog to be destroyed.

SrirachaGirl Tue 24-Jul-12 22:48:42

Oh Dear. How sad. I don't know what to say about this, OP. Some dogs do have a very high prey drive and killing small, furry things would be just part of their genetics. However, it's socially unacceptable (and a horrible loss for your family) to allow a dog to be in this situation. I'm sure the owners thought a 6 foot fence would be enough to contain their dog; although if I knew my large, agile dog had a penchant for cats, I'd install an 8 foot one...jumping a 6 foot fence is pretty extreme (even for horses!). Do you think they are being 100% forthcoming about that?

Olympicnmix Tue 24-Jul-12 22:49:14

A friend has two rescue GH, both with high prey drives that have to be muzzled on walks, they have before killed rabbits when not wearing them. However, in every other regard they are very gentle and lazy dogs, they certainly wouldn't see a small child as prey.

I suggest one of the outcomes you want is a visit by the RSPCA or Dog Warden to your neighbours, with the insistence they increase the height of the fence (if the council permits it), or grow some kind of plant barrier (a spite-bush) or muzzle their dog whenever it is outside. I don't know how much power they would have to enforce this though, but it seems wrong just to let it go as 'one of those things', especially as without any action it could happen again.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 24-Jul-12 22:50:59

I have to say I don't think my greyhound could get over a 6ft fence. She's not very agile. Very fast on the flat but not made for jumping fences.

msrantsalot Tue 24-Jul-12 22:53:44

The neighbours are probably mortified and can't face you OP. Have they got DC's? Is this dog a child's pet? Do you really really want this dog to be killed? Please think about this hard before you report them to anyone.

fluffygal Tue 24-Jul-12 23:11:01

I am sorry about your cat. I can't see how a greyhound can get over a 6 ft fence though, even when cats taunt mine on the top of a fence they can't get over, and mine have a high prey drive (have caught and eaten rabbits). And then it must have jumped back again if you didn't catch it in your garden?

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