Tuesday 20 February 2018

"You got to know when to hold 'em..."

"..know when to fold 'em..."
Northamptonshire Police withdrew an order to have the dog destroyed ahead of a hearing at Wellingborough Magistrates' Court.
The court ruled that Muppet, a lurcher-whippet crossed with a Staffordshire bull terrier, should be muzzled at all times while in public.
Yes, I knew it'd be worth keeping an eye on this case.
Police had initially proposed to have the dog put down and had twice asked Mr Penfold to sign a voluntary destruction order. When he refused, the case was sent to court.
However, before the hearing on Thursday, Mr Penfold and the force reached an agreement that such an order would not be made as it was "completely out of character for Muppet".
Magistrates also ordered that the dog must be secured to prevent escape and controlled while in public by someone over 16. They also ordered Mr Penfold maintain third party insurance for the dog.
Seems poker's not your game, cops. You blinked.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Penfold said it had made his Christmas to be reunited with "placid" Muppet in December after not seeing him since he was seized last February.
Ah, well, it's only taxpayers' money, after all.


Pcar said...

imho It's long overdue that RSPA with RSPB started prosecuting cat owners for wild bird killing and Councils prosecuting cat owners for their cat's faeces not being removed.

JuliaM said...

Cats are classed as wild animals in law. Next, you'll be complaining about rabbits!

Pcar said...

One needs state inspection, approval, a license and third party insurance to keep a wild animal. Plus movement restrictions outside one's property.

Are all cat owners breaking multiple laws?

The "wild animal" assertion is based on misinterpretation of RTA where cats are not classed as "of value".