Goat attacked by dog during breakfast at Istanbul cafe
A goat that was calmly having breakfast with her owner at a cafe in Istanbul has been injured after a dog attacked it.
Local media reported on Jan. 30 that chaotic scenes were recorded in a cafe in the Bahçelievler neighborhood when a customer named Ali Sever was having breakfast with his pet goat inside.
An unleashed Dogo Argentino dog was passing by the cafe with its owner when it noticed the goat and attacked it. Another customer attempted to rescue the goat from the strong jaws of the dog by hitting the latter animal’s head with a chair.
Both animals then ran out of the cafe and entered another shop. The goat’s owner finally managed to pull away the dog, which was then beaten by an iron bar by its own owner as a punishment.
“Princess [the goat] is like my child. We are always together at home and at work. We were having our breakfast at the cafe when the attack happened. The dog could have killed both of us if there were no people around,” Sever told journalists.
The goat’s life was saved with a medical operation that took three hours, but she lost its tail.
Sever said that he would be filing a criminal charge against the dog’s owner, as it is illegal to pet Dogo Argentinos in Turkey.
“Goats are not the only victims of this dog species. They are a serious problem for humans, too. In reality, the problem about these animals is not natural, but it is because of the way that humans breed and train them,” veterinary doctor Mitat Levent said.