We have had two fantastic outcomes this week. As many of you may know in recent years the law on change of ownership for exempted dogs has changed. The law as it stands states that change of ownership can only be accepted if the registered keeper of the dog is either serious ill or has died. However in recent months we have had a few cases were change of ownership has been accepted without the keeper being serious ill or have died. Many people said this was impossible when we knew ourselves that it was possible. We received a few unsupportive comments through social media, however we remained dignified and chose not to rise to the criticism. Yesterday at Wigan magistrates court a well known case known to the public came before the court. The case we refer to it the case of Missy a suspected Pitbull terrier saved by the RSPCA after being badly neglected by her owner. We were contacted by one of our clients who had seen the article in the Manchester Evening News we agreed to help out providing that the RSPCA would listen to what we had to say. After a long weekend chasing around different parties in the case we came across someone in the RSPCA who was willing to listen to our suggestion of how we could help save Missy. Luckily for us a man came forward claiming that Missy was the offspring of his dog Phoebe. He told us that he gave Missy to a women as a puppy this women turned out to be the person who was prosecuted for animal cruelty charges against Missy. The case came before the court yesterday after checks were made on Missy's potential new owner he was found to be a fit and proper person and it was agreed by the court that Missy could be returned to him and be reunited with her mum Phoebe as a exempted dog.
We wish Missy all the best and look forward to receiving update photographs of her in her new home.
The second story is the story of Buster. Buster owner was unfortunately sent to prison whilst he was going through the exemption process. Buster case was heard before the magistrates court without the owner present or without a legal representative. Unfortunately for Buster a destruction order was made against him. However luckily a concerned member of the public contacted us to see if we could help out as many other solicitors refused to help as they did not believe Buster had a chance. After having discussions with Cheshire police and explaining the law to all parties involved an appeal was lodged with the Crown Court. After getting permission from Buster's original owner for Busters ownership to be transferred a potential new keeper came forward. Numerous checks were conducted on the potential keeper including a report carried out by a canine behaviorist assessing the new keepers ability to handle other exempted dogs similar to Buster. Finally at court on Friday an agreement was made for Buster to be returned to his potential keeper under the interim scheme and for final checks to be carried out by police who will assess Buster and his potential keeper together in a neutral environment. The case will be back in court on the 1st December 2016 for final arrangements to be made for Buster to be exempted.