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 cry which she described as that of a” fearful animal “coming from her garden. the inhabitant of Allouville-Bellefosse (Seine-Maritime) comes out of her house and sees two dogs surrounding one of her two cats. One of the two canids, a Kangal, attacks Gilou. Distraught, the owner finally manages with the help of her spouse to put the two intruders to flight.
His cat came out seriously injured. Julie sets off for the nearest veterinarian. But it’s too late: the feline will not survive its injuries. “He died when he arrived,” says Julie. On a certificate addressed to the owner, the veterinarian certifies that Gilou “presents traces of saliva in the front and ventral part of the abdomen as well as an internal hematoma, probably of the liver and spleen”.
“Usually he never goes that far”
Julie ends up finding the owner of the two dogs, a man living on a farm about two kilometers from her home, in the neighboring town of Alvimare. They talk together. “He told me he was sorry. He also offered to pay the costs of the veterinarian. But it’s not a question of money, it’s a question of principle, of security, ”she retorts.
“I recognize my wrongs”, assures S.*, the owner of the Kangal who attacked the cat. And to add: “It is a dog that I took to guard my farm. He is very young, he is only one year old. According to this cattle farmer, “he must have followed a tractor and he found himself at the lady’s, out of her territory. Usually, he never goes that far.
A risk of a new attack?
Following the death of her pet, Julie went to the gendarmerie to file a complaint. “I was told that I could not file a complaint, because there was no human intervention. She finally lays down a handrail. The Yvetot gendarmerie confirms that a “report” has been made to the teams.
These dogs can enter my garden as they want.
Today, Julie lives in fear of seeing the dogs return to her garden. She fears in particular for her two children, 2 and 5 years old, who regularly 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 up or hold them. »
A wandering dog
If we refer to the association of mayors of France, “is considered to be in a state of wandering any dog which, apart from a hunting action, the guard or the protection of a herd, does not is no longer under the effective supervision of its master, is out of earshot of the latter or of any sound instrument allowing its recall, or which is far from its owner or the person responsible for it by a distance exceeding 100 meters “.
Article L211-19-1 of the rural code specifies that it is forbidden to let pets wander. Furthermore, failure to comply with this obligation may be sanctioned with fines. From a legal point of view, a mayor is empowered to intervene and take action.
S. replies: “These breeds of dogs protect their territory. Unfortunately, he went after this cat, but he will never attack children. Me, I can’t close all my property. I can’t tie up my dog either, because he guards my farm. And then, it might make him more aggressive. I am looking for a solution, ”he promises.
*His first name has been anonymized at his request.
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