I'll go on hunger strike to keep my shih tzu - Tewkesbury dog lover
PAUL Regan has lost a court case to keep his dog at his flat.
The 56-year-old, of Queen's Road, Prior's Park, Tewkesbury, was ordered to stop keeping his pet in his flat by Gloucester County Court.
District Judge Paul Singleton approved an injunction application from Mr Regan's landlord, Severn Vale Housing Society.
It means he will have 56 days from when the society serves him with the injunction, to stop keeping his two-year-old shih tzu, Smokey, in the flat.
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Severn Vale said the dog must go because it does not allow pets in blocks of flats with communal entrances.
The judge said Mr Regan, who wants to keep Smokey for companionship, could use the 56-day period he was allowing to try to find a solution to the problem.
He suggested Mr Regan might be able to find someone willing to keep the dog at night, allowing him to have Smokey in his flat at times in the day.
But Mr Regan, who suffers from various physical problems and does not work, was not keen on the idea.
He said: "I want him all the time. I could only do that for a few days at most.
"That won't work. He's a lovely dog.
"The bond between us is very strong.
"Take him away and he will go to pieces, as his owner will."
The judge ordered that Mr Regan, who is on benefits, pay the court costs and the society's costs, totalling £2,417.
But the dog lover said: "I refuse to pay for it. I'm going to go on hunger strike and won't take my high blood pressure medication.
"I want justice."
During the case, Mr Regan claimed he had been a victim of bullying by Severn Vale.
He said his family had always had kept dogs in the past but then the society forced him and his brother to move out of a three-bedroom house in Tewkesbury and into a flat instead.
But the society denied it had bullied him. It said it had to move him and his brother out of the house because it was too big for them and could have been used by a family.
The judge said Mr Regan had got his dog after signing a tenancy agreement, including the no-pets-in-flats policy.