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I'll go on hunger strike to keep my shih tzu - Tewkesbury dog lover

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

Defiant:  Paul Regan and his dog Smokey outside his basement flat in Tewkesbury

Defiant: Paul Regan and his dog Smokey outside his basement flat in Tewkesbury

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PAUL Regan has lost a court case to keep his dog at his flat.

The 56-year-old, of Queen's Road, Prior's Park, Tewkesbury, was ordered to stop keeping his pet in his flat by Gloucester County Court.

District Judge Paul Singleton approved an injunction application from Mr Regan's landlord, Severn Vale Housing Society.

It means he will have 56 days from when the society serves him with the injunction, to stop keeping his two-year-old shih tzu, Smokey, in the flat.

Severn Vale said the dog must go because it does not allow pets in blocks of flats with communal entrances.

The judge said Mr Regan, who wants to keep Smokey for companionship, could use the 56-day period he was allowing to try to find a solution to the problem.

He suggested Mr Regan might be able to find someone willing to keep the dog at night, allowing him to have Smokey in his flat at times in the day.

But Mr Regan, who suffers from various physical problems and does not work, was not keen on the idea.

He said: "I want him all the time. I could only do that for a few days at most.

"That won't work. He's a lovely dog.

"The bond between us is very strong.

"Take him away and he will go to pieces, as his owner will."

The judge ordered that Mr Regan, who is on benefits, pay the court costs and the society's costs, totalling £2,417.

But the dog lover said: "I refuse to pay for it. I'm going to go on hunger strike and won't take my high blood pressure medication.

"I want justice."

During the case, Mr Regan claimed he had been a victim of bullying by Severn Vale.

He said his family had always had kept dogs in the past but then the society forced him and his brother to move out of a three-bedroom house in Tewkesbury and into a flat instead.

But the society denied it had bullied him. It said it had to move him and his brother out of the house because it was too big for them and could have been used by a family.

The judge said Mr Regan had got his dog after signing a tenancy agreement, including the no-pets-in-flats policy.

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  • gallopingbear  |  January 18 2013, 3:45PM

    I was sympathetic until I realised he had got the dog after moving, knowing it was against the rules. I can understand that he does not want to part with the dog, so the time is now to take responsibility for himself and find a new place to live. The attitude of just sitting on your backside expecting the housing association to just pander to your whim is unacceptable. I have a feeling you made a rod for your own back by going to the papers and making it known that you had a dog, instead of trying to hide it from the landlord even. Mr Regan, you look young for your age and I'm sure you have skills and capabilities. Get a part time job and contribute to your community. Sitting at home with your dog just sounds like a waste of a life. I wish you and your dog good luck, and hope that you find an alternative residence. It is not the responsibility of the state to do so.

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  • Beekeeper  |  January 17 2013, 9:25PM

    Mr Regan is a great example of owners looking like their dogs. It's hard to tell them apart.

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  • Beekeeper  |  January 17 2013, 8:22PM

    What part of "Get rid of the dog" does this man not understand?

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  • andypandy789  |  January 17 2013, 7:52PM

    Judging by all the red arrows suddenly appearing on the site some benefit scroungers have logged on. If he is on benefits, he shouldn't have the dog. we the tax payer pay for just like we pay for the fags he smokes (surprised the dog is not a beagle). Why should we? If he wants luxuries he should get a job. if he wants the dog he should move to somewhere he can keep it. and not at our expense!

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  • cheltdav1  |  January 17 2013, 7:47PM

    rules are rules. get a job if you need companshio duriing the day!!

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  • Studley1975  |  January 17 2013, 7:19PM

    Nothing Could Keep Me From My Dog Either. Have To Out Up With Unruly Kids,Far Worse To Live By Than Dogs!!!

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  • andypandy789  |  January 17 2013, 6:51PM

    He wants the dog as a companion. What is wrong with having work colleagues as companions? Doing voluntary work for company? So sick of reading about this man and his dog. We as the tax payer will have to pay the costs via his benefit so the least he can do is give his time back doing something. Remember when he and his brother tried to get public sympathy when they were asked to vacate their house in Barton Street?

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  • FreeRadical1  |  January 17 2013, 6:39PM

    If he was in a 3-bed property before, he could have insisted on being moved to a 2-bed house somewhere, so that he could keep a dog. He really didn't think of the consequences of moving to a flat and then buying a dog. If he loves the dog so much, he could find a cheap privately-rented property somewhere and live there with his dog - a garden flat, perhaps.

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  • hardrock34  |  January 17 2013, 6:30PM

    Ive read through most of the comments and there is mainly one thread which I totally agree with..this MAN doesnt work, he lives in a flat paid for by us tax payers and is MOANING about not being able to keep his dog...if hes that bothered he could try getting a job and buying his own place like the rest of have..but no..easy way out as it is with many people

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  • Tomm22  |  January 17 2013, 6:13PM

    why do people like this go to the local papers thinking it will change anything? it wont it was a court ruling get over it

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