Man asks Lily Savage to save his Shih Tzu dog
DOG lover Lily Savage has been asked to step in and help a Tewkesbury man keep his pet.
Paul Regan, who has been told by his landlord to re-home his shih tzu, has turned to former drag star Paul O'Grady for help in keeping his pooch.
He has written to the TV star, best known for his acid-tongued alter ego Lily Savage, who now presents ITV's weekly For the Love of Dogs programme. It follows O'Grady's experience looking into the work at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Mr Regan, left disabled from the effect of suffering two strokes, revealed he had approached the TV star for help after the deadline for him to re-home his dog passed on Tuesday.
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Earlier this month, Severn Vale Housing Society gave him until September 18 to stop keeping two-year-old Smokey in his flat in Queen's Road, Prior's Park.
It does not allow pets in blocks of flats that have communal areas, for hygiene reasons. Mr Regan has ignored the order because he says his dog provides him with vital companionship.
In his letter, Mr Regan said: "I know you are a dog lover. I really do hope you can give me some publicity, backing and any advice on a way forward to save my dog and companion from the grip of bureaucrats who have no understanding or compassion for disabled pet owners."
His landlord has already warned him that it will take him to court if he continues to breach his tenancy agreement.
When setting Tuesday's deadline, it told him that he could lose his home and even be sent to prison over the matter.
But Mr Regan is adamant he will keep fighting the matter and said he plans to have his day in court if he receives a summons.
Severn Vale's housing manager, Claudia Cobban, said: "As a responsible landlord, we are simply enforcing our pet policy which Mr Regan accepted on sign-up to the property.
"Customers were involved in developing and approving the policy, which applies fairly to all customers.
"A housing officer will be visiting Mr Regan next week to check whether he has complied with his tenancy conditions, and if necessary discussing any further steps."