Apparently, the owner of the rottweilers lied about the dogs’ history of attacks, which involved her youngest son’s friend. His friend was attacked unprovoked by the rottweilers during one of his visit, but the matter wasn’t pursued due to the friendship between the children and the parents.

However, the victim has now gone public with the matter because of the owner’s claims that the dogs had never attacked.

The current call from AVA is for the owner to find homes for 2 of the dogs, as the maximum number of dogs that a landed place can keep is only 3. However, there is still a possibility that the dogs may be put down due to a history of unprovoked attack.

It’s sometimes sad to see this sort of endings because such attacks can be prevented as long as the owner is responsible. The dogs, as another animal lover said, can be trained as they are in their formative years and it’d really be a pity if they have to be put down because of the ignorance of the owner. I hope she’d learnt something from this.

The animals are acting upon their instincts. It’s up to the owner to do something about it.

THE owner of the five rottweilers that attacked a man’s terrier has until Wednesday to find new owners for two of the large-breed dogs or will have to put them down.

But the owner’s troubles are far from over.

It now appears that the dogs – four pups and their mother – had attacked a visitor to their home, contrary to her assertion that they had never bitten anyone before.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) stepped in after the five dogs had dashed out of the family’s Kembangan house and mauled a neighbour’s small-breed Jack Russell terrier last Monday.

Last Wednesday, AVA gave the rottweilers’ owner, Madam Satpal Kaur, 51, one week to find new homes for two of the dogs. The particulars of the new owners have to be given to AVA.

Generally, only three dogs may be kept in a landed property.

AVA’s head of animal welfare and control, Mr Madhavan Kannan, said that should she still be unable to control the remaining dogs, ‘AVA will not hesitate to further reduce the number of dogs kept’.

Yesterday, however new information about another attack was reported in The New Paper.

A friend of Madam Kaur’s youngest son said that on Oct 27, he was in the house and was set upon by the dogs.

His wounds required a hospital visit and 10 stitches on his right forearm and shoulder, as well as 21/2 weeks of medical leave.

His mother said that he had difficulty moving about due to his injuries.

The victim, who was not named, had not pursued the matter because of his friendship with Madam Kaur’s son.

But, upset by her claims that her dogs would never touch a human being, the family of the victim went public about the attack.

Although the victim did not wish to pursue the matter when contacted by the AVA, Mr Madhavan said yesterday it will ‘take into consideration that the dogs had bitten a family friend’ in determining any further actions.

The AVA has not concluded its investigation into the attack on the Jack Russell terrier.

The maximum penalty for not having a large dog like a rottweiler on a leash and muzzled in public places is a fine of $5,000 per dog, per offence.

The man who raised the alarm on the five rottweilers in Lengkong Tiga in August, semi-retired businessman Foo Seck Siong, 66, wants the authorities to act before yet another incident.

Mr Foo had first raised his concerns in August in The Straits Times Forum page about his neighbour’s five rottweilers, which he said were a ‘threat to the people in the neighbourhood’.

But the AVA replied then that there had been no previous reported incidents involving the dogs.

With the two incidents now, especially one being an unprovoked attack on a person, it is possible that one or more of the dogs could be put down even if Madam Kaur builds a second set of gates to the home to prevent the dogs from running out when the main gate is open.

As for the dogs, Mr Chris Ang, 38, a dog trainer with 10 years experience, told The Straits Times that the four younger dogs are in their formative years and can still be taught to overcome their aggression.

Article obtained from on 3rd December 2007

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