Second jail spell for defiant dog owner
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal, Local Government
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A council tenant who repeatedly ignored warnings not to keep dogs at his home has been jailed.
Martin Eccles, of Batemoor Road, Sheffield, has been handed a 16-week sentence - his second spell in prison for defying dog rules.
Dogs are forbidden under the terms of the 56-year-old's tenancy agreement with Sheffield City Council. However, in 2011 the local authority presented an injunction that forced him to remove his canines from the property.
After ignoring this Eccles was collared with dogs at his home in July 2013, which led to a 28-day prison sentence.
Upon his release, Eccles continued to keep dogs', resulting in a court appearance this week.
“Mr Eccles has repeatedly and blatantly ignored orders not to have dogs at his property,” said Lorraine Greeves, Manager of the Tenancy Management and Enforcement Team at Sheffield City Council.
“This time he has received a substantial prison sentence which we hope will deter him from breaching his tenancy agreement again.”
The court also awarded the council its costs of £3,500.