The HOA has recently been alerted to a number of incidents of dogs biting residents or visitors, or other dogs in various circumstances. Pets are typically a sensitive subject for residents of gated Estates such as Stonehurst and the responsibility remains with pet owners to manage their pets in a way that is not a nuisance or danger to other residents.
Residents must be reminded that dogs are not permitted to roam free on the Estate, and may only be on common property on a leash. We request that should you note a resident walking a dog off-leash that you remind the pet owner that this is not permitted, and report this to Estate Management, preferably with a picture, so that we can also advise the resident of the regulations.
It must also be noted that unfortunately when residents in Stone Village and Stonehurst Close open their doors or garages, sometimes their dogs run out onto the roadway and behave in an aggressive manner toward other residents who happen to be walking by, sometimes with their own dogs on leashes. Please ensure that your pets are not able to run out in this way, as we have has several incidents of untethered dogs attacking passers-by and their leashed pets.
Please note that Security personnel are not mandate to rescue dogs which are left to wander, nor are they in a position to confront pet owners when you report that the pets have defecated on your property. Regarding lost pets, if you know who a lost pet belongs to, Security can assist by informing the pet owner. Otherwise, please contact 0217004140 (SPCA) should you not know who the dog belongs to for them to collect.
Regarding pets defecating on your property, please try to take a picture of the pet, and send to firstname.lastname@example.org with your report of time and date, and Estate Management will try to determine the owner and advise them accordingly of the penalties linked to allowing pets to wander off leash and / or defecate on others’ property.
Please note the Estate Regulations and City By Laws below:
Stonehurst Code of Conduct Rules dated 30 April 2013:
Point No. 5: CONTROL OF PETS
5.2.1 No more than two dogs/cats may be kept without prior written consent from the Trustees. The grant or withdrawal of such consent and the conditions attaching thereto shall be entirely at the discretion of the Trustees.
5.2.2 Each pet should be registered with Estate management.
5.6 No homeowner/resident shall permit their dog(s)/cat(s) to cause a nuisance to other residents.
5.7 The Trustees shall have the right to prohibit, restrict and control the keeping of, or remove any pet which they regard as dangerous or a nuisance to other occupants of the Estate.
Point No. 22 FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE TRUSTEE COMMITTEE
Clause: 22.10.3 the right to prohibit, restrict or control the keeping of any animals which they regard as dangerous or a nuisance;
CITY BY LAW
The full City of Cape Town By-Law can be seen HERE
Section 5 has details on prohibitions relating to the keeping of dogs
5. (e) says:
No person shall keep any dog which barks for more than six minutes in any hour or
more than three minutes in any half hour.
5. (f) says
No person shall keep any dog which
by barking, yelping, howling or whining; or
by behaving in any other manner,
causes a disturbance or nuisance to inhabitants of the neighbourhood;
However, over and above the letter of the law, we request that owners and tenants respect the fact that we live in a close community and please be considerate of your neighbours. We would like our pets to be part of the community in a positive way.