1st post I don’t own a dog, just looking for advice.
I am in the UK. The chap who lives in the flat above me has a dog I have been told is a pit bull / Lab cross.
The flats are tiny 1 bedroom flats I think the flats are to small to keep a knee high, very powerful dog in.
The poor animal very rarely get any exercise, and when it does it goes wild.
On Sunday last this dog was being walked by a visitor. Not the normal keeper. Unaware of how aggressive the dog is, the lad walking it is a lot smaller than the owner, I believe he was surprised by its power and not in control when the dog lunged into my garden and caught my 5 year old cat. The cat had no chance and was dead within seconds. There were 8 witnesses to the incident.
I have had problems with the owner and his visitors goading the dog toward my and other local cats, it has also damaged a little Yorkshire terrier. Up to now we have not told the authorities hoping after a chat about muzzling / neutering etc the matter would sort itself out. It did not
The owner is an idiot, literally! He is barely literate. He is a drug user and has convictions for drugs, and drug related violence and thieving.
I think the dog is with an unsuitable keeper, and that is where the problem lies.
With a decent keeper the animal might be well behaved, but with this man it is a danger to anything smaller than itself. I am very angry about the untimely death of my cat.
BUT I am an animal lover. I don't keep a dog and I have nothing against well behaved dogs. I have two small cats that live indoors and sun bathe in the yard.
What I am trying to find out is there a rescue centre that will accept this kind of dog in the UK?
I hope I can persuade the chap upstairs to surrender his dog to a sutable place.
I will even personally financially reimburse him any losses to see the end of this. I know dogs chase cats It’s instinct and don't wish the animal any harm, but would like the situation to change, I understand if I contact the dog warden or Police the animal may well end up destroyed. Its not the dog that is at fault so would like a humane way out for all concerned.
Thank you, Merry