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Sheffield man jailed for having pet dogs

The flats where the man was living with the dogs in Batemoor Road

The flats where the man was living with the dogs in Batemoor Road

A man who for four years ignored court and council orders to get rid of his dogs has been jailed for a second time.

Martin Eccles, aged 56, of Batemoor Road, Batemoor, Sheffield, was sentenced to 16 weeks behind bars after breaking the terms of his council tenancy agreement.

The agreement does not allow him to keep dogs at the property - and he was first told to rehome his dogs three years ago.

In 2011 the council applied for an injunction to force Eccles to remove the dogs from his home, but he was found to be in contempt of court and was twice handed a suspended sentence, then a 28-day prison term, and a further 28 suspended sentence, before the fresh 16-week jail term at Sheffield County Court, and made to pay £3,524 costs.

Neighbour Shayne Bell, aged 23, said: “People complained because of the smell. One dog had bladder problems and would urinate all over place, and defecated on his balcony.

“The dog left urine everywhere. He would come and put hot water on it but on a hot day it just made the smell worse. Prison does seem a bit extreme though.”

A spokesman for the council said: “As Mr Eccles lives in a large block, his tenancy agreement does not allow him to keep dogs at the property.

“He was first told to remove his dogs four years ago. In 2011 Sheffield Council applied for an injunction to force Mr Eccles to remove the dogs, which were causing a nuisance from his home.

“In many cases applying for the injunction resolves the issue satisfactorily. When an injunction is breached, the court has the option to impose a fine or prison sentence.

“Mr Eccles repeatedly and blatantly ignored court orders not to have dogs at his property, and was given the 16-week sentence.”

 

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