“It changed the way we live”: The neighborhood where residents live in fear of two “vicious” dogs
On a quiet residential street in south Manchester, neighbors have been horrified and traumatized following a series of violent dog attacks.
Neighbors say they have been forced to change their lifestyle and be constantly on alert for two ‘big and angry’ Shar Pei dogs who are often left alone to roam Moss Side.
The dogs, which often roam unattended around Platt Lane and surrounding streets, are believed to have killed at least four cats in the area and bitten at least one woman – and given their proximity to a primary school, neighbors are terrified of what could come Next.
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“It’s pretty barbaric,” said Stephanie*, who saw neighbor Leah’s cat Burnie killed by the dogs on May 26. Manchester Evening News .
“We heard a hubbub and ran outside. My daughter was in front of me and she yelled mom, they’ve got the cat! We ran, and they had the cat between them, one had one end and the other had the other end, and they were just playing with it.
“It was horrible”.
Leah learned of Burnie’s fate after Stephanie knocked on her door and told her what she had witnessed. She had only let him out for five minutes before he was attacked.
“It all happened so fast,” she said. “I’ve had Burnie for 15 years, he’s been with me every day except when I’m on vacation. It’s really awful, an awful way to die.
She reported the incident to Greater Manchester Police (GMP), who declined to comment on the death of a cat, but said the report had been passed on to their neighborhood team.
However, the RSPCA argues that dangerous dog law enforcement is the responsibility of the police, calling the incident ‘dethroning’ and saying: ‘Dog owners have a responsibility to ensure that their dogs are under appropriate control at all times”.
Heartbroken and angry, Leah began telling her neighbors about the incident – and found she wasn’t alone. She thinks another cat was killed by the same dogs the same night as Burnie and a woman attacked the next morning.
The group are now working together to try and raise awareness among the dogs – including at the local primary school up the road from where they believe the owner lives.
“It’s an accident waiting,” commented Stella*, another neighbor involved in a charity called Rescue Kitties. “They [the police] knows who he is, but nothing is done about it.
And Stephanie, who owns two cats herself, said their attacks had changed the way she and her family lived.
“It sounds really stupid, but it changed our way of life,” she told MEN. “A few weekends ago over Jubilee weekend we were out and my daughter was so upset that the cats could go out and something could happen. we had to come home to bring back cats and lock them inside.
“It’s frustrating because these dogs are angry. They are vicious. It has changed the way many of us live because we all bring our cats in late at night.
The group reported the dogs to their local councilor Mahadi Sharif Mahamed, who said he contacted GMP about the matter.
Stephanie thinks the dogs have been in the neighborhood for about two years – but nothing has been done about them.
“The dogs are well known to various neighbors,” she said. “If nothing else, it’s antisocial if the whole neighborhood is scared of your dogs.
“I just think it’s only a matter of time before more people get bitten.”
An RSPCA spokesman said: ‘This looks like a very distressing incident and the owner of the cat involved must be terribly upset.
“Dog owners have a responsibility to ensure their dogs are under proper control at all times.
“It is therefore essential that owners understand the circumstances that may cause their dog to be aggressive as well as the signs of potentially aggressive behavior in their dog so that they can take steps to prevent incidents from occurring. Leashing dogs in appropriate places can also reduce the risk of incidents.
“We urge anyone concerned about their dog’s behavior to seek advice from their veterinarian, who can refer them to a suitably qualified clinical animal behaviorist.
“If your pet is attacked by another dog, we advise you to report it to the police.”
*Names have been changed to protect identities