Council orders dog to be kept under control

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A male Rottweiler, who severely attacked and injured another dog, has been made the subject of an Order to be kept under proper control at Brentford Magistrates' Court.

The tan Rottweiler cross named Sheru was one of three dogs taken out for a walk without leads or muzzles, by the owner’s 78 year old father, when it attacked a nine year old Jack Russell called ‘Daisy’, who later died at Putney Animal hospital.   

Owner Harvinder Singh Sehmi of Roxborough Avenue admitted that he was responsible for a dangerous dog which was not kept under proper control.  He stated that as his father, Mr Harcharan Singh Sehmi, walks with a stick he could not hold the dog as it is too strong. He also claimed that the dog is good with people and only bad with small animals, particularly foxes and cats. 

A number of allegations made to the London Borough of Hounslow Animal Welfare team regarding Sheru found that the dog, who currently resides at Albury Avenue in Isleworth, had previously terrorized neighbours and allegedly attacked other animals whilst in a public or a private place that it should not have been, including the alleged killing of a neighbour’s elderly pet cat in their back garden.

Under section two of the Dogs Act 1871, as amended, Sheru must now:
•           be muzzled whenever in a public place;
•           be under the control of a fit and suitable adult who is capable of controlling it;
•           be held on a lead or harness by a capable handler;
•           be permanently housed at 52 Albury Avenue and should not be allowed to stray or escape from these premises;
•           And is finally not allowed to be walked by Mr Harcharan Singh Sehmi in a public place.

Cllr Barbara Reid, the council’s lead member for Environment and Planning said:

“It is not acceptable that people walking their pets cannot do so safely in the borough.

“If a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place or injures any person while out of control, then its owner is guilty of an aggravated offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

“Although this animal has attacked other dogs and cats up until now, such an aggressive animal could also later attack small children or adults.”

Harvinder Singh Sehmi was ordered to pay a £250 contribution for prosecution costs to the council.

April 10, 2009