An Mpumalanga home owner and her son have been ordered to keep their yapping chihuahua under control or face losing the dog.
The homeowners’ committee of the rustic nature-lover’s Kranskop holiday town in Mpumalanga turned to the court to force home owner Margie de Jager and her son, Carel, to get rid of their chihuahua after receiving numerous complaints from other land owners about the dog’s excessive yapping.
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North Gauteng High Court Judge Dennis Davis allowed the De Jagers to keep their pet, but on condition that it did not roam outside and they ensured it was not a nuisance or barked at wildlife, cleaning staff or anyone passing the property.
Although no pets or farm animals are allowed in the town, with various species of free roaming game, the committee granted permission to De Jager’s son, 37, to keep a miniature chihuahua as an emotional guide dog.
This was after he was involved in a car accident that left him homebound and his counsellor had recommended that a pet would be the ideal treatment.