Negligent pet owners will face consequences, City explains

The City of Cape Town has reminded pet owners to familiarise themselves with animal bylaw which has been in effect since 2012.

This comes after a domestic worker was mauled by her employer's two pit bulls in Monte Vista.

The City's JP Smith says the bylaw makes provisions for dealing with dangerous animals.

Smith says that pet owners whose dogs are not on leashes can face fines of up to R2000 and suggest that some owners should consider muzzling their dangerous animals.

He explains that the City has seen an increased frequency of animal attacks and has had to impound more dangerous animals in recent times.

We are increasingly forced to impound animals who are involved in attacks on humans and other animals.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

The increased frequency relates directly to the increased number of dangerous and vicious breeds.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

Smith says that the City works with the SPCA to assess impounded animals to determine what should be done with the animal and pet owner.

Impounded animals can be rehomed, or put down as a last resort.

He advises that pet owners are liable to pay fines for their animal's behaviour and can also face civil action from other parties.

There is a fine for an animal being out of control in a public place.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

You are required to be in control of the animal when you are in a public place, according to the bylaw.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

In common law, you are liable for the damage caused by the animal. There can be civil legal proceedings after attacks.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

According to the animal bylaw, pet owners are required to register all dogs and cats kept on their property.

Take a listen to him explain the bylaws and the responsibilities of pet owners:


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