A WOMAN has been allowed to keep her two dogs, above, in her council flat after pressure by Loving Dalston
Care worker Tiffany Simcoe had been told to get rid of one of her Stadffordshire bull terriers within weeks, despite the council organisation’s having allowed her over almost two years to keep more than the regulation-maximum one dog in her flat.
The shock message was given to her when the estate officer of the building she lives in emailed her after police had become worried for her safety after they made enquiries about a domestic dispute.
So as well as feeling vulnerable because of that, she faced the extra distress and potential cost of having to separate two pets that had become firm friends.
She accepts that Hackney had been tolerant of her having more than one dog but claimed she was not the only person on her estate to have two.
She also admits that some neighbours had become understandably annoyed when she let Max and Sadie off their leads in the estate but obviously, she says, that was easily resolved.
Simcoe started an online petition. Then this site started making enquiries.
Now she says: “I would like to say a heartfelt thank-you to Loving Dalston for taking up my case.
“I am overwhelmed with the support I have received and it has turned out to be a great victory.”
Hackney Homes says: “We understand that for many people dogs are part of their family. However, tenancy conditions are in place for the welfare of residents and the community as a whole.”
David Altheer 120515
* The picture shows Tiffany Simcoe with bull terriers, and a young friend in London Fields
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