International dog of the year evicted from his home in Free State


The world’s top dog has been evicted from his home.

Just last week, Busby Adams, who is owned by Mitchells Plain dog breeder Lloyd de Villiers, was crowned International Top Dog of the Year at the annual boerboel show in the Free State.

In 2017, Lloyd’s neighbours, businessman Magedien Holt, 65, and his wife Fasloon, 61, lodged several noise complaints with the City, saying they cannot get a decent night’s sleep with 10 dogs barking.

The couple claimed to have counted as many as 118 barks in one hour. Housewife, Fasloon, also complained of headaches, anxiety and hypertension.

Magedien, who worked for a construction company, says he and his wife were forced to wear construction earplugs to muffle the noise.

The matter came before court, and in the meanwhile, Lloyd sold 10 of his 20 dogs, mostly boerboels he breeds for shows. The boerboels are sold between R6000 and R8000 each, depending on the breed, he adds.

Recently the magistrate ruled that Lloyd had contravened City by-laws by having too many dogs on his property. According to regulations, no person is allowed to keep more than two dogs on their property over the age of six months.

Lloyd was ordered to remove seven of his dogs by 4 November. This goes for Busby too, as he has decided to keep three puppies at his home.

Lloyd, 38, and his wife, Nicole, 33, have decided “with heavy hearts” to move their animals to a farm in Schaapkraal and are currently busy building kennels.

Lloyd says life has been throwing his family a few curve balls since they moved into their home in 2016.

“We have already been through so much, my job as a chauffeur to an American family ended last year when they moved and our house burned during a fire in October 2018,” he says.

“I was the first coloured to breed a dog which has won top dog of the year and I won’t let this make me feel despondent. I could have applied for a special (breeders’) permit, but since they have made a complaint, I am unable to do so.”

Law Enforcement spokesperson, Inspector Wayne Dyason, explains the Animal By-Law of 2010 has a section that deals with restrictions on the number of dogs one can own.

“No person may keep more than three dogs or allow more than two dogs over the age of six months to be kept in or at a dwelling house. This can be exempted if the person has applied for and was issued a permit to hold a greater number of dogs,” he says.

– Daily Voice

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