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The type of dog ranges from a Jack Russel to a Boerboel. It is normally animals who are underfed and undernourished.
Domestic Dog Canis Familiaris)
Conflict category: High conflict potential
Conservation status: not applicable
Shoulder height: 300 – 750+ mm ; mass: 5 – 40kg
Occur in a variety of breads, shapes and sizes but usually unmistakable.
Dog tracks are often confused with those of cheetah. However, the rear part of the footpad lacks the W – shaped grooves typical of the cat family.
The damage caused by domestic dogs is often blamed on other predators. Many feral and even pet dogs are responsible for stock losses. Livestock killing is not confined to stray dogs; very often the well fed family pet will venture on a killing spree into pastures at night. Dogs often increase their destruction by operating in packs.
Even relatively small dogs will hunt livestock and could badly injure them in some cases, even though they are unable to kill them. Stray dogs kill and feed on sheep and goats; they will also attack and kill poultry. Dogs bite and tear their prey randomly, with no fixed pattern. They cause extensive damage and often injure several animals without killing them.
Killing or catching pattern
They normally hunt the areas surrounding locations and are able to walk 10km further to catch animals and cause destruction.
Typical sign of attack from stray dogs is 5 or 6 animals at a time. Animals are physically torn apart and are dragged and pulled, and intestines are scattered over a wide area.
Control and management of Stray dogs
The nationwide problem of stray dogs is shared by David Wardle, small stock farmer in the Cathcart district of the Eastern Cape.
In his capacity as small stock farmer and previous chairperson of the Thomas River Conservancy, Wardle has been dealing with the problem of stray dogs and illegal dog hunting for several years. He is confident that he represents the views and knowledge of most game and small stock farmers throughout the country.
Most people involved in greyhound breeding as well as law enforcement officers are aware of the problem of stray dogs and the sport of dog hunting. In many cases, they are involved and endorse the actions of the communities and the clients of greyhound breeders (dog buyers).
The following categories are deemed problematic and cause devastation to small stock and game farmers across the country:
INTENTIONAL STOCK THEFT COUPLED WITH DAMAGE-CAUSING DOGS
Stock theft, a common practice, is associated with stealing sheep, goats, or other small stock, with dogs assisting in the process. Often these dogs are used to scare the sheep to the edges of the camps where they can be caught and tied. Sometimes the dogs are used to catch and drag down the sheep to capture and tie them up for transport. Usually, large syndicates or gangs are involved in the theft and business is done with the spoils. In the Cathcart region especially, theft is executed on a grand scale and up to 50 small stock are stolen at a time and then loaded and sold elsewhere or slaughtered locally.
UNATTENDED STRAY DOGS
In towns and townships across the country there are many dogs that are homeless and totally neglected by their owners. These dogs roam the streets and suburbs trying to survive on whatever they can scrounge from bins, gutters, and dumps. Then they begin to form relationships and a pecking order and eventually hunting packs develop, and they learn to survive like wild dogs.
This is when they are most destructive. These dogs wander out into the farmlands and wreak havoc on game and small-stock farms. Scores of sheep, goats, and wildlife are often mauled, mangled, or killed during these raids by wild domestic dogs.
Often the dogs that were previously used in stock theft become part of these packs. They sometimes remember where they were used for stock theft, and head out to the same regions and begin to tackle and maul small stock. These raids into the farms often result in scores or even hundreds of sheep being killed or mauled.
GUIDELINES: ILLEGAL DOG HUNTING
Agri SA’s Rural Safety Committee recently spent considerable time discussing the problem of illegal hunting with dogs. Although this is a growing problem, land owners should take extreme care in their actions that could make them liable for prosecution:
The following practical guidelines were compiled:
Port Alfred en Alexandria in die Ooskaap was in die middel van ‘n hofgeding nadat ‘n suksesvolle hofbevel teen die Ndlambe Munisipaliteit, die Munisipale Bestuurder en die Uitvoerende Burgemeester verkry is om regulasies t.o.v. die aanhouding van diere binne woongebiede van die Munisipaliteit en op munisipale meentgrond en oop ruimtes, af te dwing. Herhaalde versoeke oor baie jare oor die onbeheerste instroming van diere in residensiële gebiede wat tot ‘n verhoogde risiko vir oordraging van dieresiektes na naburige kommersiële plase, het min aksie ontlok. Verder is die risiko’s wat rondloperhonde aan motoriste en privaateiendom inhou voor die hand liggend.
Die hofbevel is aan Agri Ooskaap en vier (4) ander aansoekers toegestaan en word daar gehoop dat dit as basis vir onderhandelinge gebruik sal word deurdat Agri Ooskaap se geaffilieerde landbouverenigings in ‘n posisie gestel sal word om met hul onderskeie munisipaltieite te kommunikeer. Hopelik sal dit verseker om soortgelyke regstellingsplanne binne soortgelyke probleme sonder onnodige regsaksie op te los. Lees volledige media verklaring deur Agri Ooskaap – Afrikaans. Engels.
Die jag met honde is skynbaar ‘n groterwordende probleem. Die RPO het versoek dat hulle voorsien word van ‘n uiteensetting van die regsposisie met betrekking tot jag met honde en die remedies wat tot beskikking is van landbouers op wie se plase onwettig gejag word. Artikel deur Annelize Crosby, Agri SA Regs- en Beleidsadviseur.
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