Upper Hutt neighbours at war as greyhound keeps killing cats that venture into his backyard

It's more than just the neighbours who are fighting like cats and dogs in Upper Hutt.

The Kedzlie family have lost three cats this year to their next-door neighbour's dog Igor, a 6-year-old greyhound.

Igor has retired from racing, but has clearly not retired from chasing small furry creatures that venture into his sight-line.

The Kedzlies want Igor to be muzzled in his own yard, but owner Hayat Abadeeah, also retired, says that, while she's upset over the deaths, it's up to the Kedzlies to keep their cats out of her property.

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The Kedzlies also want Upper Hutt City Council to take action, but it is restrained by the law being on Abadeeah's and Igor's side.

A spokesperson said Igor, and 2-year-old weimaraner companion Ishtar, were deemed to have been under control on private property from a legal perspective, so it would not be taking any further action.

Meanwhile, David Kedzlie is expecting to get back the ashes of latest casualty Charlie any day now.

The first victim was Toby. There's a flowery grave with a handwritten tombstone made by their 8-year-old granddaughter in the backyard.

The second was Runty. The Kedzlies tried to keep the kitten inside with the doors shut, but he sneaked out through a bathroom window.

"Everybody was home," wife Niki Kedzlie said.

"We heard the lady [next door] come to her gate. We called out, 'Don't let the dogs out, please, the cat's over here'."

Their daughter and another man went into the yard to rescue the cat, but without success.

"There's two dogs, so they play tag-team," she said.

Charlie, who was Runty's mum, was killed in November.

"What if our granddaughter's here one weekend and she's playing with a bouncy ball and it goes over the fence?" David Kedzlie said.

"That's pushing it to the extreme, but the fact is [it's dangerous]."

Abadeeah said she was upset by the deaths, and that her relationship with her neighbours had soured.

While she was upset over the death of cats in her backyard, they should have been kept on their side of the fence.

"You can only do so much. Most cats won't come near when you've got a dog.

"Why don't they look after their own animals? I do 24/7. And I just can't understand why this keeps happening."

Having the law on her side, "doesn't alter the fact that ... you feel angry. But you also feel upset.

"It's a very emotional thing, but I can't stop it happening ...

"I no longer enjoy my garden ... it's not a garden. It's a place where there might be something lurking."

Greyhounds As Pets Adoption Programme Trust programme director Noel Brown said the Upper Hutt case was unfortunate, as greyhounds were "one of the least aggressive of all dog breeds".

"They just want to chill out and be with their owners, that's why they are referred to as the 40kmh couch potatoes. They are basically inside pets."

 - Stuff