By Adrian Filoche
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“I saw him die in front of me. “On June 7, 2022, shortly after noon, Julie Thifagne heard a scream that she described as a” scary animal “coming from her garden. in Allouville-Bellefosse (Seine-Maritime) came out of his house and saw two dogs surrounding one of his two cats. One of the two canids, a Kangal, attacked Gilou. Saddened, the owner was finally able to enlist the help of his partner to fly the two invaders.
Her cat came out badly injured. Julie went to the nearest veterinarian. But it’s too late: the cat can’t survive its injuries. “He died when he arrived,” Julie said. In a certificate addressed to the owner, the veterinarian confirmed that Gilou “presented signs of saliva in the front and ventral part of the abdomen as well as an internal hematoma, most likely in the liver and spleen”.
“Usually he doesn’t go that far”
Julie found the owner of the two dogs, a man who lived on the farm about two kilometers from her house, in the neighboring town of Alvimare. They were talking. “He told me he was sorry. He also offered to reimburse the cost of the veterinarian. But it’s not a question of money, it’s a question of principle, of security, ”he replied.
“I know my wrongs”, assured S.*, the owner of Kangal who attacked the cat. And to add: “This is a dog I took to guard my farm. He was very young, just a year old. According to this cattle farmer, “he must have followed a tractor and he finds himself in the woman’s house, out of her territory. Usually, he never goes.
A risk of a new attack?
After the death of her pet, Julie went to the gendarmerie to file a complaint. “I was told I could not file a complaint, because there was no human intervention. Finally he lay down a handrail. The Yvetot gendarmerie confirmed that a “report” had been made by the teams.
These dogs can enter my garden if they want to.
Today, Julie lives in fear of seeing the dogs return to her garden. She is especially afraid of her two children, 2 and 5 years old, who often play outside. “There are no barriers at home, we have an open garden. And I have no legal way to force the owner to lock them or to restrain them. »
A stray dog
If we refer to the association of mayors of France, “it is considered to be in a state of straying any dog which, except in an action of hunting, the guard or the protection of a herd, is no longer under effective. The management of its master, will not be heard later or by any sound instrument that allows its memory, or that is far from its owner or the person responsible for it at a distance of more than 100 meters “.
Article L211-19-1 of the rural code stipulates that the movement of pets is prohibited. In addition, failure to comply with this obligation may result in penalties. From a legal point of view, a mayor has the power to intervene and take action.
S. replied: “These types of dogs protect their territory. Unfortunately, he chases this cat, but he never attacks the kids. Me, I can’t ruin all my belongings. I also can’t tie my dog, because he guards my farm. And then, it can make him more aggressive. I am looking for a solution, ”he promised.
*His name was anonymized at his request.
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