Devon

Devon owner loses dogs seizure battle

Diana Curtis
Image caption Diana Curtis said her dogs were used to running free

A woman who had about 100 dogs taken from her after neighbours complained about how much noise they made has lost her appeal against their removal.

At a hearing in Barnstaple, Devon, Diana Curtis asked for the dogs to be returned to her at Peters Marland.

But a judge ruled she could only keep 14 of the animals.

It has been costing Devon and Cornwall Police about £700 a day to keep the dogs in kennels.

Ms Curtis, 52, was given an Anti-social Behaviour Order (Asbo) in April after neighbours complained about noise created by the dogs.

She was told to give up most of the animals. When she did not comply, police were given a court order to remove them from the property.

'Distressing case'

They were taken in October and are being kept in kennels.

The appeal ruling, made at a monthly crown court session held at North Devon Magistrates' Court, means that the police can now allow the dogs to be rehomed.

Supt Kevin Harris, commander for North Devon, said: "We are pleased the court has reached a speedy decision and will now begin the process of rehoming the dogs, which remain in the care of local kennels at this time.

"We recognise this has been a distressing case for all concerned and are pleased the appeal process is complete so the situation can now be resolved."

Ms Curtis said: "Who's to say that six months down the line that dogs re-homed aren't going to be returned because a marriage has split up or they can't cope with them.

"Those dogs are used to free running. They are not used to being in a town on a lead."

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