Suspected drug dealer leaves dog behind as he abandons home
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
Cannabis convict loses home
A suspected drug dealer left a dog behind to starve after his social landlord won a possession order for his property.
Adam Nicholls forced housing association Gloucester City Homes to take action after complaints about his loud music, barking dogs and his home dropping below acceptable standards.
Neighbours reported seeing people visiting the 22-year-old's property at all hours, prompting GCH to gather evidence and initiate a police search warrant. Cannabis was found during the subsequent search and the tenant was arrested and charged.
GCH then obtained a possession order on the property in December for various breaches of tenancy.
However, before the order was granted, GCH found that the tenant had abandoned the property leaving a dog behind, which was constantly howling, barking and trying get out by jumping at a first floor window.
In tandem with the police, GCH forced entry and released the dog with officers taking the animal to a vet for immediate medical attention.
The tenant is currently facing criminal proceedings for the cannabis found in his home and is being investigated for cruelty to animals.
Sara Hendry, GCH's ASB manager, said: “This outcome would not have been possible without the evidence of the witnesses, dedication of the ASB Officers and support from Gloucestershire Constabulary and Gloucester City Council in taking this legal action.
"We expect tenants to comply with their tenancy conditions and will take legal action to protect our tenants, leaseholders and communities from those causing ASB, if they don’t improve their behaviour.
"Unfortunately, we find many animals abandoned in our properties when tenants face possession action. This case shows that by doing this the owner could face an investigation into animal cruelty, which could result in a custodial sentence of up to 51 weeks and/or a fine of up to £20,000 if found guilty.
"The owner is responsible for re-homing an animal and this only transfers to the landlord or bailiff after a home has been repossessed. Many organisations can help with re-homing an unwanted pet in this situation.”