Man and 38 dogs evicted

The Oxford Times: Sad outlook . . . “If I can’t find somewhere to take them, then they will have to be put to sleep,” said Roger Sutton Sad outlook . . . “If I can’t find somewhere to take them, then they will have to be put to sleep,” said Roger Sutton

A GRANDFATHER evicted from his home after taking in 38 dogs said he could not face seeing them being put to sleep.

Roger Sutton, of Colwell Drive, Witney, admitted his love of canines spiralled out of control, after neighbours complained about the barking and smell coming from his semi-detached home.

Mr Sutton was fined at Oxford Magistrates’ Court for breaking a noise abatement order after the barking kept neighbours awake at night.

And landlords A2 Dominion were granted a possession order at Oxford Crown Court last Tuesday to evict the 62-year-old.

He now has until May 11 to leave his home of 30 years.

Unemployed Mr Sutton said: “I do regret that I took on so many dogs, but once you have got them you can’t put them to sleep.

“If I can’t find somewhere to take them, then they will have to be put to sleep.

“I think a lot of people will feel very sad that these dogs will be dead.”

The 62-year-old started adopting unwanted dogs 30 years ago, when he bred rare Dorset Old Time Bulldogs.

He claims that many of the pets he has taken on, such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Bull Mastiffs, are breeds that are difficult to re-home.

Many also have health problems.

He said: “They are part of the family. We have quite a few that live indoors and some outdoors.”

Mr Sutton has not worked since leaving his job as an NVQ assessor five years ago, after suffering from depression. He pays for vet bills and dog food through stud fees.

The married father-of-four will not appeal against the eviction, and may move in with his children.

He will not be able to take his dogs with him.

Complaints about dogs barking at Mr Sutton’s house came to a head at the beginning of March, when he was fined for breaking a previous noise abatement order. Neighbours said that they could not sleep because of the noise.

Housing association A2 Dominion then took steps to evict Mr Sutton, after they received complaints from three people about the noise and smell.

Mark Butler, housing manager, said: “Roger Sutton was causing a severe nuisance to his neighbours by keeping at least 30 dogs at his home. Over the past few months, we have been working hard in an attempt to get Mr Sutton to reduce the number of dogs at the property.

“However, Mr Sutton continued to breach his tenancy agreement, and caused an ongoing disturbance to his neighbours.”

A Colwell Drive resident, who did not wish to be named, claimed he could smell faeces and urine coming from the property.

He said: “It is unbearable. My children can’t have friends around as their parents don’t want them in a smelly house.”

Another neighbour said: “The noise at 3am has woken me up.

“At the end of the day, they are tenants, and I don’t know how they have managed to get away with it for so long — the smell is like someone has died there.”

But Mr Sutton denied there was a problem.

He said: “We take great pains to make sure there is no smell, and hose-down twice a day. It has been greatly exaggerated.

“I think there is a bit of a vendetta from a couple of people.

“I am sad as I have been here for 30 years, and there only seemed to have been a problem a year ago.

“I have been trying to do good for these dogs.”

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9:46pm Tue 6 Apr 10

EB says...

There are proper places for homeless dogs. I hope he can give them to shelters across the UK or find homes for them.
There are proper places for homeless dogs. I hope he can give them to shelters across the UK or find homes for them. EB

9:33am Thu 8 Apr 10

WitneyBird says...

Well Mr Sutton knew the rules of living in a Housing Association home if he been living there that long? I don't feel sorry for him being evicted - Its the poor dogs i feel sorry for. If the dogs where barking that much they couldn't have been very happy. Hope they will find good homes - sure Bluecross would take them in?
Well Mr Sutton knew the rules of living in a Housing Association home if he been living there that long? I don't feel sorry for him being evicted - Its the poor dogs i feel sorry for. If the dogs where barking that much they couldn't have been very happy. Hope they will find good homes - sure Bluecross would take them in? WitneyBird

10:45pm Thu 8 Apr 10

ranger111 says...

What compassion has Roger Sutton shown his neighbours these past years by allowing his dogs to bark through the day and night..... none what so ever. Ive walked past the awful stench of this mans house for the 2yrs of living on the estate and quite honestly the smell would be enough to knock any one out, so for the poor people who live surrounding Mr Sutton it must be like HELL. This eviction is long over due and quite frankly Mr Sutton should have followed the houseing association rules and not his own then maybe he would still have a roof over his head come may 11th. I would also like to point out a comment from the news paper article printed a couple of weeks ago... didnt Roger Sutton say he took the dogs in for family and friends and only 3 were his ? yet in the gazette this week he started to adopt the dogs 30 years ago ... ummmm so which is it Mr Sutton.Whilst i feel greatly for the dogs and hope that a solution becomes available but at the end of the day why should any one put up with there homes and gardens smelling of dog S... and urine .. live how you like but you DONT inflict such misery on other people so the only compassion shown should be to those poor people who have had to l endure the ignorance of this man.
What compassion has Roger Sutton shown his neighbours these past years by allowing his dogs to bark through the day and night..... none what so ever. Ive walked past the awful stench of this mans house for the 2yrs of living on the estate and quite honestly the smell would be enough to knock any one out, so for the poor people who live surrounding Mr Sutton it must be like HELL. This eviction is long over due and quite frankly Mr Sutton should have followed the houseing association rules and not his own then maybe he would still have a roof over his head come may 11th. I would also like to point out a comment from the news paper article printed a couple of weeks ago... didnt Roger Sutton say he took the dogs in for family and friends and only 3 were his ? yet in the gazette this week he started to adopt the dogs 30 years ago ... ummmm so which is it Mr Sutton.Whilst i feel greatly for the dogs and hope that a solution becomes available but at the end of the day why should any one put up with there homes and gardens smelling of dog S... and urine .. live how you like but you DONT inflict such misery on other people so the only compassion shown should be to those poor people who have had to l endure the ignorance of this man. ranger111

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