Slough dog owner convicted after endangering the public

Published: 12 October 2018

A Slough man, who repeatedly allowed his dogs to stray from his property putting the public in danger, has been convicted of animal welfare offences, following an investigation by the council’s resilience and enforcement team.

Shaid Khan, 46, of Ragstone Road, Slough, was successfully prosecuted at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 2 October, for violations under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

He was ordered to pay £750 in costs, £200 for the offence and a further £30 victim surcharge. He was also banned from owning animals for two years.

The court heard how the council initially received complaints in December last year, after Khan’s two dogs, Missy and Fifty, both Presa canario cross American bulldogs, wandered onto the grounds of Slough and Eton Church of England Business and Enterprise College, on Ragstone Road, Slough; on 7 and 9 December while pupils were present.

As a result of these incidents, the dogs were collected as strays. Khan was then visited at his home by council officers on 12 December, who explained the danger the dogs posed to pupils if they continued to escape.

At the time, the officers also noticed the poor conditions Khan was housing his dogs in, and issued him with guidance and recommendations to improve the dogs’ housing situation.

On 15 December, both animals escaped their property through the garden, but were returned by the school’s staff.

The following day the dogs escaped again, but this time they were collected as strays.

Upon going into their holding kennels, one of the dogs started to vomit up pieces of plastic it had eaten. Consequently, both dogs were seized by the council and taken into their possession.

In March this year, a separate court application under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 was made, leading to both Missy and Fifty being awarded by Reading Magistrates’ Court to the council.

The animals were since successfully rehomed are now doing well.

During the court hearing, Khan admitted his dogs had escaped onto the school’s grounds on at least three prior occasions before council officers visited.

While he said he had no idea how the dogs kept escaping, he acknowledged he had not taken any steps to prevent his dogs from straying since their escape on 15 December.

Cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, councillor Pavitar K. Mann, said: “I’m delighted we have secured a conviction against this offender.

“Looking after a pet has a legal and moral duty attached to it, and it is vital owners provide an adequate level of care.

“No one should allow the safety of their animals or the general public to be at risk and we thank the individuals who reported this person to our enforcement team.

“We hope this conviction acts as a warning to any irresponsible pet owners, as the council will intervene and prosecute anyone we find housing animals in unsuitable conditions.”

If you want to report any concerns regarding an animal’s welfare, contact the enforcement and regulatory team on 01753 475111.