Im­bali fam­ily ter­rorised by ‘vi­cious’ stray dogs

The Witness - - NEWS - NOMPILO KUNENE

AN Im­bali fam­ily have been feel­ing like pris­on­ers in their own home af­ter a reign of ter­ror by two stray dogs that moved into their back­yard.

Mvanga Mn­cube said his fam­ily have been liv­ing at the mercy of these “vi­cious” dogs for the past four months and he was “re­lieved and over­joyed” when the So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty against An­i­mals (SPCA) fi­nally re­moved one of the dogs from his prop­erty yes­ter­day.

Mn­cube said the fam­ily ini­tially had one male dog but at the be­gin­ning of the year, two Africa­nis breed dogs came to live on his prop­erty.

“We tried chas­ing them out of our yard but they were stub­born. We didn’t feed them but they bul­lied our dog for food. I fenced my prop­erty prop­erly and tried us­ing an old door and con­crete bricks to close the space un­der the gate but they find a way in. Some­times they even wait out­side the gate and when you drive out they walk back in. It has been frus­trat­ing.”

Mn­cube said when the fe­male dog ar­rived, she was preg­nant and gave birth to 12 pup­pies in his yard. He said that in ad­di­tion to the dog he al­ready owned, there were now “too many dogs for us to han­dle”.

“The noise was un­bear­able, so peo­ple started com­ing to ask for the pup­pies and we gave them away and de­cided to keep one for our­selves.”

Mn­cube said when the stray fe­male dog is on heat, more un­known dogs come onto their prop-

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