Posts tagged Animals
THE owner of a pizza and kebab takeaway has been fined more than £4,000 for breaching hygiene standards.
Mahmood Naseri, owner of Up the Road at the Adam’s Business Centre in Cranes Farm Road, Basildon was found guilty of 12 separate food hygiene offences.
The restaurant was found to have rats and been unclean.
Officers found that the premises was dirty and the structure poorly maintained, allowing a rodent infestation to take hold. Food handlers were not wearing uniforms and there was no evidence of staff training.
The Magistrates stressed that in light of the seriousness of the offences the fines would have been substantially greater had Mr Naseri not claimed to have been of limited means.
SIX people have been evicted from their homes by county court bailiffs.
The five tenants and their landlord were found living in squalid conditions at Claremont Farm, Burnt Mills Road, Basildon.
The two houses and the farm are owned by Deborah Dobbie and managed by Tony Cooper, 44, and the repossession order was served due to mortgage arrears.
Animals, including three pigs and two ponies kept at the back of the properties, were removed by volunteers from Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society based in Pitsea.
The tenants carried out about six dogs with them.
A swan has been found decapitated at a park in Essex and a large dog is suspected of being responsible.
The male swan was found by dog walkers at Northlands Park in Basildon on Saturday morning.
The swan’s head and neck were missing and bite marks were found on the body, council animal control officer Sarah Moran said.
“We examined the body and it appears the swan was either killed or at least moved by a big dog,” she said.
“The bite marks were too big for a fox and the chances of a fox attacking a swan are very slim.
Youths with their dogs were spotted in the park on Friday evening.
Update 5 July 2011:
A female swan at Northlands Park has been relocated today after animal control officers fear for the swan’s safety.
Just days after the swan’s mate was found decapitated at Northlands Park, the Council and RSPCA received a number of complaints of yobs throwing stones at the bird.
The swan has now been re-located to a secure location where she has access to two lakes in private grounds.
via: Basildon Council
DEVASTATED owners are spending thousands of pounds trying to protect their pets from a cat killer.
Eight cats have died after being poisoned with anti-freeze, while two have vanished without trace.
The deaths began in October 2010 with the most recent death just two weeks ago.
Cats are attracted to the taste of anti-freeze but it crystallises in their kidneys causing renal failure.
Police have carried out inquiries in the area while the Environment Agency has carried out tests on a stream that runs through Saxon Close to see if it was contaminated with anti-freeze.
However, the tests proved negative.
A PILE of 11 rotting foxes has been left by a Thundersley road, leaving nearby neighbours outraged.
The decomposing bodies have been laying in a car layby in Windermere Road for the past fortnight, and the mound has been gradually added to in recent days.
Residents in the area do not know who is behind the killing, but are desperate for them to stop.
Jo Reeves, of Ullswater Road, said: “Last week I counted eight but there’s eleven now.
“Most of us have lived here for years, and we get on very well with the foxes.
“Over the past few months they’ve started disappearing.
A MAN threatened to set his dog on staff at Laindon railway station.
It happened after a man and woman jumped over the barriers without paying for a ticket.
Staff approached them and asked them to buy a ticket but they refused.
They asked the pair to leave the station but the man then threatened to come back and stab staff.
Det Con Michael Bute. of British Transport Police, said: “The man later returned to the station with a dog, believed to be a cross between a Bullmastiff and American Bulldog.
“The man became abusive towards a member of staff before goading his dog to attack him.”
The staff member was uninjured and the man eventually left of his own accord at about 1pm on Friday November 26.
Detectives have now released CCTV images in an effort to trace those responsible.
MORE people have been attacked by dogs in Basildon than anywhere else in south Essex in the first half of this year.
New figures show between January and July, 17 dog attacks – where a person had been injured by a hound in a public place – were reported to police in Basildon.
The figure is more than double that of Southend, where eight people were injured by dogs during the same period.
Police do not record details of what breeds of dogs were involved.
However, Michael Knight, owner of Gemini Kennels, said the number of incidents involving cross-breeds, such as Staffordshire and pitbull crosses, and pitbull mastiff and Staffies, was on the increase.
A six-foot long boa constrictor which sparked fear in the Wickford community after it went missing, has been found.
Two-year-old Diego, was discovered in the back garden of his owner’s home almost a month to the day after he slithered out.
When the animal went missing from its home in Barnfield, after smashing its way out of its glass tank, a search operation, which involved the police, was mounted.
At one point locals dubbed the creature “the beast of Barnfield” and feared it could be living in Wickford Memorial Park.
RESIDENTS are being warned to be on their guard after a six foot long Boa Constrictor escaped from its owner.
The deadly snake escaped from the bathroom window of a home in Barnfield, Wickford.
Although the reptile’s bite is not poisonous constrictors do bite if attacked and wrap themselves around their prey, crushing them to death.
However the missing snake is not fully grown and has been described as a “danger to small animals” by its owner.
Essex Police’;s wildlife liaison officer has consulted speacialists and the RSPCA over the missing snake.
Anyone who spots it should call 999 immediately and not go near the animal.
UPDATE 26th August 2010: Snake has been found