Owner of fox ter­ri­ers be­ing charged for not con­trol­ling his dogs

● Dogs ‘ter­ror­is­ing neigh­bour­hoods’ re­port­edly in good con­di­tion but are dif­fi­cult to con­trol

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

■ Re­becca Iversen The owner of a pack of dogs that has been ter­ror­is­ing neigh­bour­hoods in Msida, Ham­run, Marsa and St Ven­era is be­ing charged for not keep­ing the dogs un­der con­trol, sources in the An­i­mal Wel­fare Depart­ment told this newspaper yes­ter­day.

This move comes af­ter res­i­dents in the areas filed sev­eral re­ports with both the An­i­mal Wel­fare Depart­ment and the po­lice since Fe­bru­ary. Al­though the owner had been ap­proached about the sit­u­a­tion, the dogs have con­tin­ued to es­cape and roam around the streets where they are re­port­edly wreak­ing havoc.

Ac­cord­ing to sources speak­ing to this newspaper, the farmer had erected a six-foot fence around his farm but the dogs still man­aged to climb over it and es­cape.

Videos and pho­to­graphs have cap­tured the dogs jump­ing on res­i­dents’ car bon­nets as well as the dead cats the dogs have left be­hind.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the dogs are in good con­di­tion and have been mi­cro-chipped. Fox ter­ri­ers are, how­ever, hun­ters by na­ture.

But for res­i­dents in the areas who care for the stray cat pop­u­la­tions, they end up roam­ing the streets once they es­cape the farm; the dogs are “killers” that are now ter- ror­is­ing the res­i­dents too.

“We neuter and feed these cats and they get slaugh­tered in this way,” lamented one of the res­i­dents. "We are dis­mayed that the tor­ture and death of the stray cat com­mu­nity seems to be of no con- se­quence to the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned, and that the farmer al­lows the dogs to roam and kill freely and noth­ing hap­pens."

The owner is be­ing charged for a con­tra­ven­tion which will be set­tled in court.

CCTV footage of the dogs on res­i­dents’ cars

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