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Thread: When pet dogs become killers are they still safe?

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    When pet dogs become killers are they still safe?

    This is a strange one to ask but here goes.

    My sister in law has 3 dogs (2 German Shepherds and a labrador), 6 cats, some ducks and chickens.

    The 2 German shepherds have grown up with the cats since they were puppies and all have lived happily together for a couple of years with the only problem being the bitch dog has killed a couple of chickens until last night when the wife got a call from her distraught sister to say her other half had just let the dogs out in the garden for a pee and both of the German shepherds had attacked and unfortunately killed one of the cats, obviously the cat didn't do a runner when the dogs came out as they normally get on and play together.

    So the question is why would the dogs do this and are they likely to do it again?

    The sister in law wants the dogs gone as she also looks after her 2yr old grandson quite often and is worried that they could turn on the child or the other cats.

    Any advice appreciated

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    Why did they do it? I don`t know.
    Likely to do it again? I would say so.
    I definitely wouldn`t want them within a mile of my grandchildren, who knows what or who they will attack next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by basil View Post
    Why did they do it? I don`t know.
    Likely to do it again? I would say so.
    I definitely wouldn`t want them within a mile of my grandchildren, who knows what or who they will attack next.
    yup.

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    Truly a very difficult decision to make, I'm glad I don't have to make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by basil View Post
    Why did they do it? I don`t know.
    Likely to do it again? I would say so.
    I definitely wouldn`t want them within a mile of my grandchildren, who knows what or who they will attack next.
    A dog attacking a cat is totally different to attacking a person. My dog attacking a person I would be hugely concerned and would probably have them destroyed depending on the circumstances. My dog has killed a cat and I have no issues with him around my kids or others. After he killed a cat my wife spoke to a professional dog handler and he advised in his opinion there was no risk to people, his words were "dogs kill cats, it's what happens".

    The police won't be concerned if your dog killed a cat (assuming other offences weren't commited) but they would if it attacks another dog or person due to the very nature of dogs and what is considered normal behaviour.

    I'd be fully prepared for the dogs to attack the cats again and only the owner can decide if she feels there is a risk to the kids from those particular dogs.


    There is a saying "fighting like cats and dogs" for a reason.

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    I would never view a cat killing dog as unsafe around children. Before I became serious about Labradors 20 years ago I used to raise and train hounds for running game (primarily raccoon but also bobcat).

    I had several, and one in particular, that were the most passive house pets you would ever see. Take them out to the wood and they switched on. As a matter of fact I have an old female lab bitch now that sets that standard for laid back house dog, and even let's the house cat wander freely. Take her outside and it is game on. None of these dogs have ever shown the tiniest inclination of aggressiveness towards a child.

    Now, that being said, I would never trust those dogs around a cat again - unless you are willing to take the time to do some serious training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nun_hunter View Post
    A dog attacking a cat is totally different to attacking a person. My dog attacking a person I would be hugely concerned and would probably have them destroyed depending on the circumstances. My dog has killed a cat and I have no issues with him around my kids or others. After he killed a cat my wife spoke to a professional dog handler and he advised in his opinion there was no risk to people, his words were "dogs kill cats, it's what happens".

    The police won't be concerned if your dog killed a cat (assuming other offences weren't commited) but they would if it attacks another dog or person due to the very nature of dogs and what is considered normal behaviour.

    I'd be fully prepared for the dogs to attack the cats again and only the owner can decide if she feels there is a risk to the kids from those particular dogs.


    There is a saying "fighting like cats and dogs" for a reason.
    I could understand this behaviour had they never been around cats but as I said they've been with the cats since they were puppies and it's not been unknown to find the dogs asleep with a few of the cats cuddled up with them and I've never witnessed any aggression from the dogs towards the cats when I've been round.

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    With there being two of them, I wonder if it's a bit of the old pack hunting mentality kicking in. I wonder, if they had been let out individually whether either of them would have attacked the cat.

    I agree that it's possibly nothing to worry about, dogs do tend to kill cats they find if the cat gives them a chance. But normally dogs don't attack cats that are part of the same household, seeing them as part of the family or pack, like the humans they live with. So I think that would worry me.

    They might now be as good as gold and never be violent towards humans. But me? If I had any young children, who might be seen as vulnerable prey, I wouldn't take the chance, even if it were one in a million.

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    Is there any reason to think the cat may have been ill? how old was the cat?

    Any sign of weakness can sometimes change boundaries.

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    Just because the dogs get on with the cats in the family does not mean they would tolerate a strange cat. Perhaps they just made an error. Having said that I would not totally trust any dog with a child.

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