Carlisle family's anger as their 'dangerous' dog is left lonely and upset

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Kayley Broughton with Marney
Kayley Broughton with Marney

A family say their pet dog has been left lonely and upset because red tape means it must spend its days in an empty house.

The Broughton family say their nine-year-old dog Marney is soft-hearted and harmless, but being an American pit bull-presa canario cross means she falls under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act.

The registered owner is 27-year-old Alec Broughton, who until recently lived at his family home in Creighton Avenue, on Carlisle's Raffles estate. But he recently moved to Lyndhurst Gardens, Morton, with his partner Lisa Ferguson.

Alec's sister Kayley, 24, and her and Alec's mum had hoped that Marney could stay on with them in Creighton Avenue.

But they say police told them that current law means the dog has to stay in the home of her official owner – even though Alec now works away during the week and his partner Lisa works during the day.

“Marney just isn't settling in Alec's house,” said Kayley.

“She's obviously upset at having to move out of the house she's always lived in. She's just not her usual happy self. Alec moved out a couple of weeks ago, and Lisa is out at work all day.

"So it makes no sense to have Marney living at their house.

“Marney was crying all last night.

“She has lived at our house in Creighton Avenue all her life and this is the only place she knows. We just want her back home. It all started two weeks ago when we got a knock on the door and it was a police officer.

“We were told that Alec had a week to take Marney to his house in Lyndhurst Gardens. He wasn't ready and had to quickly put up a fence. They said she'd have to be taken otherwise she'd be taken away and put down.

“They've said there's nothing we can do about it other than if my brother dies or if he becomes seriously ill. We've been told Marney can have 30 days a year when she can 'sleep out' but that's it.

“So she's been kicked out of her home.”

Hospital healthcare assistant Kayley and her mum are doing everything they can to check up on Marney and take her for walks but they say it would make far more sense is she could just live in their home with them.

Their shift patterns mean that they can be be around most of the time. "There's nothing dangerous Marney," said Kayley. "She just a big cuddly teddy bear.”

Six years ago, the dog was placed on a Dangerous Dogs Act "exempt list," meaning that Alec had to adhere to a set of conditions to continue keeping her.

At the time, he said: “I've had Marney since she was a puppy. I got her at Appleby Horse Fair from a man who told me she was an American bull dog crossed with Presa Canario."

He said Marney had never shown any signs of aggression.

A spokesman for Defra, which issues guidance on issues surrounding the Dangerous Dogs Act, said he could not comment on this specific case.

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Ian   , Southport, Monday, 26 June, 2017 at 6:31PM
Sentimental nonsense. The law is correct and people, especially children, must be protected from dangerous dogs. It might be loving to its owners because they feed it.
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city resident   , Carlisle Wednesday, 31 May, 2017 at 8:45PM
Is there any news on whether this awful situation has been resolved and the dog receiving the love and attention it deserves?
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  , Thursday, 25 May, 2017 at 8:30PM
No, don't let her go. Its not right, she'll not understand at 9 years of age and she'll not settle either. It would be kinder to put her to sleep actually but if she were mine, there'd be absolutely no way I'd do either!. I wouldn't trust anyone else to safeguard and indeed love her, feed and walk her etc etc and don't even go there with gIving her the love she needs!
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Maureen   Foster , Carlisle Wednesday, 24 May, 2017 at 8:42PM
Surely a variance of the order can be sought? People often move house, so there must be a procedure to change the address of residence for the dog. Surely common sense is all that is needed in this instance?
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Ken   Alderson , Penrith Area Saturday, 20 May, 2017 at 5:09PM
Don't know about the law on dangerous Dogs. Can ownership not be changed to someone at the home it is used to being at? Alec and his partner could still have access to the dog when they can, when not at work. It's not fair to the dog , it doesn't understand the reasons.
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Ted   Mason , Kendal Friday, 19 May, 2017 at 10:55PM
Ridiculous,use some common sense,the dog has done nothing wrong.
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Paulina   Sawicka , Carlisle Thursday, 18 May, 2017 at 11:27AM
It is not fair that a dog who has a family loving him is going away because someone does not like being a pitt bull! When people finally understand that the breed does not matter if the dog is well-behaved. Every dog ​​can be aggressive and from what I know Marney is not so
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Robert   McGregor , Southsea Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 at 4:42PM
First of alI I am a dog lover. Marney is probably well behaved for this type of dog. However, there is a theme running through this story.... Pit bull, Appleby Horse Fair and Raffles. Need I say anymore?
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david   english , Carlisle Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 at 9:35PM
So if they lived in lowrey hill and hadnt bought the dog at appleby it would be different?? yes you do need to say more.
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Robert   McGregor , Southsea Thursday, 18 May, 2017 at 4:09PM
David I moved from Cumbria 38 yrs ago. Not sure how long you have lived there. Would you seriously buy a pitbull from Appleby Horse Fair and have it in Raffles? Just asking for trouble. Surely you cannot be that naive!
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david   english , Carlisle Thursday, 25 May, 2017 at 10:33PM
Ive lived in Carlisle all my 52 years Robert. what has having the dog in Raffles got to do with anything?? and Appleby horse fair is where a lot of buying and selling of animals takes place. So if you have a pitbull and live in raffles your asking for trouble??
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cumberland   sausage , local Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 at 4:00PM
I really feel sorry for the people involved but if you have what is deemed a dangerous dog then you must take the consequences and get rid of it no matter what your personal feelings are you have to think about the safety of others. Then again people around this area of Cumbria are so narrow minded that they can not see the bigger picture!!
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Kayley   Broughton , Carlisle Thursday, 18 May, 2017 at 12:35PM
So I should just get rid of my dog, the dog we have had for nearly 9 years all because she is a pit bull and been kicked out her home? I should just forget about her and let her go? To me dogs arnt pets they are family would you let one of your family members go just as easy as that? I don't think so. We WILL get marney home if it costs us thousands of pounds and months of stress but we WILL NEVER let her go!!!!! EVER!!!!!
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frances   reynolds , MARYPORT Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 at 3:58PM
for goodness sake let the dog go home. another case of ridiculous laws. the dog has done nothing wrong
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  , Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 at 8:13PM
I agree let the dog go home and be able to socialise . The longer the dog is left on its own the worse it will be for anxiety , stress and behaviour. If the dog is being looked after and of np danger to anyone then what difference does it make where it lives. There's criminals out there who should be kept in one place but there not!!!!
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Dave   Jones , Carlisle Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 at 3:50PM
How is this news, let alone headline news? Incredible!
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mark   a , Carlisle Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 at 10:44AM
I would recommended that you contact the RSPCA and get them to help you get marney moved to the new house the police have rules and so does the RSPCA surly they can work something out together because once marney is registered at a new house your not breaking any law I only live on bower street I would gladly help out by taking marney out for a long walk while everybody is at work just to help out so he gets daily exercise
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Ian   , Southport, Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 at 6:12PM
It's a she. Have you ever heard of full stops?
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