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Court orders retirement of Buckley retiree’s dogs

A BUCKLEY retiree is having his dogs removed after numerous complaints over several years about them committing litter and roaming around unsupervised.

Michael Roberts of Jubilee Court appeared in Mold Magistrates Court on Monday morning.

The 76-year-old admitted that on June 12 he drove a Vauxhall Corsa on Precinct Way in the city while unable to hold or obtain a license, as well as having no insurance.

Catherine Elvin, a prosecutor, told the court that the defendant had also been convicted after trial on a previous occasion for violating a community protection notice.

The community protection notice was imposed in January 2021 and the conditions related to the welfare and care of his two dogs, who live on his property.

It followed a series of complaints from neighbors about the dogs being loose and getting dirty, and the defendant not picking up the feces.

The conditions included the need for the animals to be properly leashed and muzzled, as well as for the person responsible for them to pick them up.

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But there were two reported incidents in November, with a witness giving evidence that the dogs had been wandering around unsupervised, making a mess again.

Ms Elvin said Roberts had two prior convictions for similar matters and given the long history, a request had been made for the dogs to be relocated.

“This application is not done lightly,” he said. “I understand the impact this can have on the defendant.

“But these warnings and advisories have not been a deterrent.”

She said his behavior had caused the community a “tremendous upset”.

As for the motoring matters, he was pulled over by police after officers recognized his vehicle and suspected he might have been disqualified.

Stephen Ferns, defending himself, said: “From talking to him, I understand that he lives alone and has dogs for company.

“Without them, he will be completely alone.

“During the validity of the period while we had difficulties with the animals, we have had covid.

“Mr Roberts explains that as someone who is disabled and unsteady on his feet, he is not always able to take the dogs out himself and due to covid he was unable to have his family around to help him.

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“He has significant mental health issues and dementia on the way.”

Ferns said the defendant can now have a greater degree of support from his family and asked the court to give him another chance to comply with the notice.

Brian Manford, chairman of the magistrates, said: “Due to the circumstances, we feel there is a duty of care to the public and the welfare of the dogs.

“You have to walk regularly and make sure they clean up afterwards.

“Given the history of events that it has had for several years, even before covid, there will be a court order for the dogs to be removed.”

A dejected Roberts said, “Oh no, I think their world.

“I don’t agree with you completely; I do take care of them.

“How can you do that to someone? This is all wrong.”

Manford said the court accepted that it would be difficult for the defendant, but said it would be for the “big picture” best.

Roberts was fined £80 for breaching the notice and ordered to pay £200 in costs.

For driving while impaired, he was banned from driving for six months and ordered to pay a £120 fine, £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge, with no separate penalty for the insurance breach.

“To hell with you,” the defendant told the court, as he left.

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