1001 Arabin Nights

A reader who wishes to remain anonymous (rather than Anonymous), writes:

I have some serious concerns about dogs being kept on a small plot of land close to where I live on Arabin Road. The dogs are kept outside in a kennel with no bedding at all times of the year regardless of the weather, when the owners visits they are aggressive with the dogs and the dogs bark and cry all through the night, desperately trying to burrow themselves out of their enclosure. 

I have spoken to the RSPCA and Environmental Health. The RSPCA say they can’t do anything as the dogs have shelter and the Environmental Heath say they can only come out when the dogs are actually barking but that’s usually at around 3am when they don’t have anyone available to attend. I’m too afraid to approach the owners in case they become violent or damage my property. 

Other neighbours must be being kept awake all through the night too. I’d like to post about this on Brockley Central anonymously so I can find other people affected and hope that Environmental Health will take us seriously.

If you have been affected, please contact us and we'll connect you with anon.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

If wishing to stay anonymous, may help to not state that you live right next door...

Anonymous said...

Video and audio surveillance...

Anonymous said...

I find this strange. You do not say of the RSPCA has attended.

Their is an animal warden for the borough, and as I know one of these officers I find it unusual that they would not move to challenge this treatment.

You have all but blown your anonymity though - so you might just as well jump in at the deep end and youtube it.

I will pass on your comments to the animal warden, and they may contact you via Nick.

Anonymous said...

Set them freeeeee.....

Anonymous said...

You should call Lewisham "Animal Welfare" - Tel 020 8314 2098 - rather than the RSPCA. They will sort out matters.

Anonymous said...

Every time I walk past Arabin road at night I hear those dogs barking and think I'd hate to live next door to that... they sound really unhappy.

Anonymous said...

That's all Greek to me

Anonymous said...

Good honest dogs love a good woof.

jerry l said...

That is so sad - well done for trying to do something about it. I'm surprised at the RSPCA - it sounds pretty clear that these dogs are suffering. It might be worth trying them again - they have a list of about 5 things that owners are supposed to provide to their animals, and shelter is just one of those. It seems a bit extreme but maybe CCTV would be the answer - they aren't that expensive, and I'm sure your peace of mind is worth a lot more.

Anonymous said...

Anon @16.26 er, right...jokes about animal suffering. Well done.

Anonymous said...

RSPCA are useless in situations like this. They won't do anything if the animal has shelter and water regardless of other circumstances. ILPH used to be a far better alternative or horses but I am afraid I don't know of an equivalent for other animals. I hope you have some luck in resolving the situation.

Anonymous said...

Find a bigger dog and throw it over the fence.

emmajem said...

Very depressing indeed. I'm no expert, but I think some more pressure on environmental health may pay dividends. They will have to act on this issue if it is genuinely a problem. For noisy neighbours they ask you to keep a diary of when the noise occurs and then they take things from there. i just can't believe they can let a situation like this pass. Good luck in your efforts to do something, wish I could help more....

BrockleyKate said...

Poor dogs! I too have heard that the RSPCA are worse than useless in these kinds of situations - I am guessing that they are swamped with cases, though. Try the council, surely between environmental health and animal welfare there should be someone who can deal with this!

Johanna said...

This story has really upset me. I gave a great deal of thought to the situation overnight. Are you able to pu tmor epressure on the RSPCA? HAve you approaced the powners at all - are they receptive kind of people? Can I help in any way?
I have passed my email address on - via Nick. Please let me know if I can help. It really is a terrible situation. Poor dogs. (Poor you too!! I would go mad listening to that every night. It would really pull at the heart strings)

Anonymous said...

Satire?

Brockley Dogging Society said...

A howling dog can be the sign that the animal is enjoying itself. Proceed with caution.

bradythorne said...

Can't beleive all these stupid and flippant comments about what seems to be a serious animal welfare problem. Get a life you lot!!!

Good luck perhaps some of the more genuine suggestions here will help.

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