Southampton dog owner fears pet must be put down

Owner fears dog will be put down

The Ryves family are fighting for the life of their pet dog Keizer.

Keizer

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A Southampton dog owner fighting to save her pet from death row has criticised a council for taking her dog and fears it will now be put down.

The Daily Echo understands that Staffordshire bull terrier Keizer is now in the charge of Southampton City Council after owner Michaela Ryves failed to come forward to collect her or attend court.

But Ms Ryves, from Southampton, insists the decision was made behind her back and believes that her dog will be put down today.

She said: “It’s disgusting – they’re not even giving my dog a chance to live – they’re taking her life from her without my permission,” she added, saying that she would consider legal action.

The three-year-old dog’s fate was due to be decided at a hearing yesterday where magistrates would consider putting the dog to sleep due to its behaviour after it attacked and injured two dogs.

Keizer was in the council’s care after being picked up as a stray by the dog warden team and had to be collected by her owner in seven days which expired over the weekend, the court had heard.

Southampton Magistrates’ Court had been told how Keizer escaped from her Southampton home and attacked two dogs in June and August last year As a result, the council wanted the dog kept on a lead and muzzled when off the property, to wear a collar with the owner’s name and address and be kept securely at the home and not be allowed to stray.

It had applied for a control order under the Dangerous Dogs Act and Ms Ryves, of Bassett Green Drive, had consented to these conditions.

But magistrates said they were so concerned they wanted to consider destroying the dog.

They adjourned Friday’s hearing so Ms Ryves could attend a hearing yesterday in case she wanted to plead for her dog.

But the council withdrew its application yesterday because, the Daily Echo understands, the dog is now under its charge.

Ms Ryves, 40, claimed she had phoned the Southampton kennels on Saturday to try to pick the dog up as she was aware of the seven-day deadline, but had been told by staff she could not collect the dog until after the outcome of the court hearing yesterday.

The council was unavailable for comment.

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1:31pm Tue 8 Apr 14

massimoosti says...

You couldn't make the picture up could you.
You couldn't make the picture up could you. massimoosti
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1:56pm Tue 8 Apr 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

And she loves this dog so much she couldn't be bothered to collect it from the pound,or attend court to fight for it's life....WTF is going on here?
And she loves this dog so much she couldn't be bothered to collect it from the pound,or attend court to fight for it's life....WTF is going on here? 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 13

8:29am Wed 9 Apr 14

Nilby1 says...

This is clearly a vicious animal having already harmed two other dogs? What we we do if a human being did this to another human being?
This is clearly a vicious animal having already harmed two other dogs? What we we do if a human being did this to another human being? Nilby1
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7:37pm Wed 9 Apr 14

southamptonadi says...

100%HANTSBOY wrote:
And she loves this dog so much she couldn't be bothered to collect it from the pound,or attend court to fight for it's life....WTF is going on here?
Exactly, they gave extra time so she could plead on behalf the dog but could not be bothered to go. Shows how much they really care, most people would move heaven and earth to be there.

I didn't think staffies were that bad when they are brought up properly.

What legal action is she going to take if the courts do order it to be destroyed.

Nice family picture they should frame it
[quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: And she loves this dog so much she couldn't be bothered to collect it from the pound,or attend court to fight for it's life....WTF is going on here?[/p][/quote]Exactly, they gave extra time so she could plead on behalf the dog but could not be bothered to go. Shows how much they really care, most people would move heaven and earth to be there. I didn't think staffies were that bad when they are brought up properly. What legal action is she going to take if the courts do order it to be destroyed. Nice family picture they should frame it southamptonadi
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8:35pm Wed 9 Apr 14

millie 20z says...

Staffys are lovley when brought up right we have a 12 year old staff who is just as loving as any other dog, if however she attacked another dog id have her destroyed I wouldnt chance it, I think the woman has to much on her hands already, the dog is vicious put it down... it maybe hard but it cant be trusted, theres loads of decent dogs in kennels waiting for a loving home! Besides thatit looks like the dog was in the wrong hands...
Staffys are lovley when brought up right we have a 12 year old staff who is just as loving as any other dog, if however she attacked another dog id have her destroyed I wouldnt chance it, I think the woman has to much on her hands already, the dog is vicious put it down... it maybe hard but it cant be trusted, theres loads of decent dogs in kennels waiting for a loving home! Besides thatit looks like the dog was in the wrong hands... millie 20z
  • Score: 2

9:44pm Fri 11 Apr 14

daisy.talks says...

The owner needs to get in touch with the DDA They will be able to advise her on what to do next, signing anything if your dog is seized is pretty much sealing it's fate.
The owner needs to get in touch with the DDA They will be able to advise her on what to do next, signing anything if your dog is seized is pretty much sealing it's fate. daisy.talks
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