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Staffordshire Terrier - Black

Reported in the Dog fouling category anonymously at 10:35, Wed 10 December 2008

Sent to South Oxfordshire District Council 10 minutes later

In the block of flats highlighted on the map on the corner of saxon close and borough avenue lives an adorable Staffordshire Terrier. I have spoken to the police and they told me to contact the RSPCA or similar however I am not sure if they are the correct / approporiate contact. In these flats lives a very friendly (albeit nervous) dog. The neighbours in Saxon Close have no problem with the dog in that it appears to be harmless, however there are other serious concerns that are obviously the owners fault. Firstly the dog appears to be underweight and I would be amazed if it eats properley as most of the time its opening bin bags etc for scraps. Secondly the owner NEVER walks it but just lets it out to run wherever it pleases, so it is often seen fouling on peoples drives, in the kinecroft park and the local green area. Also as it has free reign to run anywhere at anytime it is let out (daylight or dark), it is posing a very serious accident risk. Many times cars / bikes have had to swerve as it runs across major and minor roads; It is only a matter of time before an accident occurs or the poor dog is injured / killed. Many cats get run over in this area as it is used as a cut through by lots of people. As I say there is no problem with the dog itself but obviously the owner has no interest in it at all. Just to add I have extensive personal experience of dogs having in the past owned many / been a breeder / worked in the pet care industry, my main concern is for the dog as I would feel terrible if it caused an accident and / or got hurt in one; this has been going on for at least a year.

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  • the council emailed me back to say it was an RSPCA matter, the RSPCA have told me it is the councils dog wardens responsibility and I left a fully informed message on his / her answerphone.

    Posted anonymously at 11:05, Thu 15 January 2009

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 11:05, Thu 15 January 2009

  • Its been over two weeks now since I advised the dog warden and nothing has happened. Further to this I now know of an old person that the dog has twice tried to attack!! I will be phoning them again today.

    Posted anonymously at 10:51, Mon 2 February 2009

  • Have spoken to the council and they have promised to resolve the situation.

    Posted anonymously at 11:13, Mon 2 February 2009

  • The council environmental person sent a warning letter and ordered the RSPCA to visit.

    The RSPCA advised owner to walk the dog instead of letting it roam all day on streets / parks etc by itself. She became verbally abusive & slammed door on them, they left a warning letter saying they would call back another day.

    Since then (two weeks) the dog has been roaming free as before, fouling parks / pavements & driveways plus eating out of bin bags.

    The RSPCA have been back & got a load more verbal abuse from the woman. I know someone who is friends with RSPCA area officer & he said he had never met such an abusive woman but has no powers to do anymore so he will not call back.

    I spoke to environmental manager again & due to the report back from the RSPCA about the womans attitude he has referred to the police.

    I have now found out that the woman is not even ALLOWED to have a dog in her council flat under there regulations about pets.

    Posted anonymously at 12:41, Fri 27 February 2009

  • The council and other local authorities are useless, they seem to back down to abusive and ignorant retards who are a strain on societies benefits system and a waste of space. I bet if there was an elderley person that lived in this flat and apart from keeping a dog there had done nothing wrong, the outcome would be completely differant. They would have removed their pet and fined the pensioner and frightened them. The country has gone mad where law abiding citizens get punished for small misdemeanors and 'scum' get away with all sorts because they just don't respect authority and have no fear of it either.

    Nothing has been done at all about the dog now and it lives outside most days still. The poor dog and / or a road user is going to be involved in an accident sooner or later. In the meantime the dog is littering bags by opening them and fouling on the green and park where kids play. Plus running across busy roads.

    Some parts of Britain are becoming a nightmare to live in... I GIVE UP!

    Posted anonymously at 20:15, Sun 29 March 2009

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