Stella, a pit bull mixed breed dog has been locked inside a cage and has not been exercised or socialized for two years under orders from the Devon and Cornwall Police, despite RSPCA guidelines covering the welfare of seized dogs in kennels, reports the BBCNews.
The dog has been living in a 3 ft. x 9 ft. foot cage in a private kennel in Devon, and has been denied exercise after the staff was told she had been seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Stella had been considered potentially dangerous, although police have declined comment why she was being held in this manner, other than because of her breed. Stella has only been out of her kennel twice for behavioral assessments since she was seized when her owner, Antony Hastie was arrested in 2014 on an unrelated incident. According to Stella’s owner, there were no incidences of aggressive behavior from her dog prior to the dog having been kept in a cage for the extended period of time. Hastie has been to court 11 times in the last two years; on February 8 a final ruling stated Stella must be euthanized unless her owner appeals.
Laura Khanlarian, an assistant at the kennel where Stella has been caged, states animal welfare should come before anything else and has found it exceedingly difficult not to be able to touch the dogs being held in confinement. On her Facebook page, Laura posted Stella’s photo and under the heartbreaking picture stated:
“The most disgusting heart wrenching pain was and is felt when I discovered that so many people are responsible for the welfare of England’s dogs and yet so many show no real care of responsibility for their welfare at all. Shame on them. It haunts me everyday. You run free on those pretty feet my STELLA BLUE.”
The RSPCA guidelines for the welfare of seized dogs in their guide to good practice specifically states that “minutDogs must be provided with the opportunity to exercise away from their kennel at least once a day and this should be for a total of at least 30 minutes per day.” What dog wouldn’t go crazy after being locked up for this amount of time? A short video of Stella can be viewed here. It has not been reported if Stella’s owner had appealed the decision.
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