Friday, October 13, 2006

Update on 'cat attack' case

Update on cat attack case
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

I've spoken with one of the caregivers in the area. She and another caregiver will remove this cat. Neither of them had any idea this had happened.

I spoke with the complainant. He asked me if it was the same cat that had attacked him. I told him I had no idea and that he had to look at the photos and let me know.

I said the cat was friendly when I went to see it. He said that he was surprised that when he went back after his dog was attacked, that the cat did not seem to recognise him.

What did turn out that was quite interesting (and may explain this) is that two different residents told me that some residents in the area like to let their dogs attack the cats for 'fun'. The caregiver told me for example that one of her neighbours had let his dog loose and it had attacked her cat. She said that she had never blamed the dog nor did she want to get it into trouble so she had not made an issue about it, but the owner did not seem very sorry.

I explained this to the complainant and told him this may be why the cat is aggressive only towards dogs. The people seem to have been scratched when they tried to come between the cat and the dog. He asked if the cat was attacking in revenge. I explained the flight or fight response. I said that if his dog was cornered and was frightened, it might try and fight back. He said that it might try and bite.

Hopefully that settles the problem. Sadly, this cat seems well loved by quite a few residents and now she'll no longer be there with them.


Blogger vegancat said...

Can't the complainant withdraw his complaint and let the cat stay? Since he now has clearer picture of what has provoked the cat to attack dogs.

14/10/06 8:23 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Firstly, I don't think he really understands why the cat attacked. Secondly, more than one person has been hurt. This cat may attack another dog again.

14/10/06 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where will the cat be removed to?

15/10/06 11:52 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Another block within the same vicinity but without so much human (and dog) traffic.

15/10/06 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"She said that she had never blamed the dog nor did she want to get it into trouble so she had not made an issue about it, but the owner did not seem very sorry."

Can member of the public have a talk with the dog owner?
Sounds like the dog owner is letting her dog loose intentionally. This will be dangerous for children. There was a Golden Retriever that barked at my three year-old niece and scared her a lot. The owner did not even apologize...Is this kind of dog even allowed in HDB flat?
Sorry I digress, I just feel that like cat owners, dog owners should also be taken to task for the behaviour of their dogs!

15/10/06 11:08 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

She did I believe - and her neighbour who heard the attack, ran down and asked the person to get their dog to let go of the cat, but the owner either couldn't or wouldn't intervene. The person is definitely aware of what happened.

15/10/06 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A dog loose is still a danger, not only to cats, but also children nearby. For public safety, the owner should be reported to the police.

16/10/06 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if i may add my 2 cents' worth which is completely trivial in what i know is a serious case - this cat is damn cute!

i am not surpised she has so many human fans!

16/10/06 10:18 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes she is, isn't she? And she's a sweetie.

I think what the caregiver was worried about (and I do see it happening) is that when the dog is seen to be too much 'trouble', the owner will just abandon it or send it to be put down. No reponsible dog owner would allow their dogs to run loose.

16/10/06 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is not with the dog but with owners setting them loose. Therefore, action should be taken against irresponsible dog owners to prevent children from being injured. If the owners decided to make the dogs scapegoats, then the former should be blacklisted (by dogs welfare groups) and taken to task on media.

16/10/06 11:50 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Absolutely right Anonymous - but should the owner decide to give the talk to the AVA to be put down, what can be done? As you said these aren't responsible people we're talking about - they may well blame the DOG, or think it's 'too much trouble'.

16/10/06 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then the owners should be taken to task on media - be it Mediacorp or Alternative Media and have their pictures publicized. We must not let those who endanger the public got away scott-free.

16/10/06 12:13 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - the problem for example in this case is the dog is a German Shepherd. They're not allowed in HDB flats - should they go down and talk to the guy, the dog is going to have to go. If the guy was responsible (which we can see he's not), it wouldn't be a worry because he'd probably make sure the dog is fine. In this case though, he's probably going to just send it to be put down. While he may be 'shamed', what about the dog?

16/10/06 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What! A German Shepherd! Can the dog be confiscated and sent to the ASD?

I am very concerned about the safety of the children AND elderly in that neighbourhood.

16/10/06 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have serious concerns about the dog owner's capability in handling a German Shepherd. This is like a tragedy waiting to happen. I shudder to think about what would happen if a child happen to be in the middle when the dog is chasing the cat.

16/10/06 2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is an offense to abandon animals.

16/10/06 3:08 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - yes but will ASD have the space? And the dog can't be confiscated because he isn't ill treating it. What will happen is that he'll just be told he cannot keep the dog. After that it's up to the owner to do whatever he wants to.

Yes you're right, it is an offence to abandon the dog - or any animal, but the problem is in the proof.

Also, German Shepherds can be very sweet - I used to have one. The problem is that the dog (also an innocent party in this) could be also left homeless/abandoned if we decide to go 'after' the owner.

16/10/06 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there some way to educate the owner on the possible consequences of setting the dog loose? Can the RCs help in that area? I am very worried for the children and elderly in that neighbourhood.

16/10/06 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could the owner be persuaded to give his dog up for adoption? I think there are more responsible dog owners around.

16/10/06 4:29 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I don't think this particular person lets the dog loose anymore after the incident.

16/10/06 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope not. However, I really hope that the residents can keep an eye out for that owner. The consequences can be severe if that owner let his/her dog loose again.

16/10/06 4:53 PM  

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