Eccentric animal lover turned his home into DIY zoo

Messy: Bird cage in the garden

Messy: Bird cage in the garden

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THE RSPCA and council officers are investigating complaints about the state of a flat crammed full of animals.

Concerns have been raised about the state of the home in Electric Avenue, Westcliff, although neighbours claim the man living there is just a big animal lover.

Rabbits are said to roam the living room while birds flutter in the backgarden of the property, which is surrounded by junk.

The flat is occupied by Paul Blaxland, but he didn’t answer the door when the Echo called at the flat yesterday.

An RSPCA spokesman said: “There have been some concerns raised to us about animals living at this property, which we are looking into.

“We can give no further details, but can assure you we will fully look into any complaints made to us, and do all we can to resolve any welfare issues we find.”

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Carl Robinson, Southend Council regulatory services group manager, said: “Our officers investigated following complaints made about environmental health-related issues at this property.

“After several unsuccessful attempts to gain access to the premises, we wrote to the occupier advising them that improvements were needed.

“Since our investigations we have had no further complaints, but if there is an ongoing issue there we are happy to continue working to try to rectify it.”

One female neighbour, who would not be named, said: “People have seen three rabbits run into the hallway when he opens the door and there is straw all over the floor inside.

“I don’t think he would be cruel and people have seen him out in the garden feeding the birds, but the garden and the avery looks such as mess that it can’t be good for them.

“There are a lot of flies and cockroaches around here because of this.”

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A man living nearby added: “The RSPCA turned up the other day and put a letter through the door.

“The next day I saw him leave in his car with a rabbit. He is quite a nice chap, though, and does look after them.”

Another man added: “I have seen a rabbit run out into the alley next to the flat.”

Adam Swainsbury, of Lake Drive, Thundersley, who owns the freehold of the entire building, said: “Because he has the lease there is little I can do, but it could be a maintenance issue.

“It is not satisfactory and I have contacted environmental health, who I believe are doing something.”

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5:24pm Fri 13 Jun 14

John Bull 40 says...

The buck stops here.
The buck stops here. John Bull 40
  • Score: 3

5:31pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Maddogg says...

As long as these animals are well treated, what's the problem? Some people need to stop poking their beak into other peoples business. I think a few to many have far to little to do apart from complaining about things that don't affect them.
As long as these animals are well treated, what's the problem? Some people need to stop poking their beak into other peoples business. I think a few to many have far to little to do apart from complaining about things that don't affect them. Maddogg
  • Score: 29

11:31pm Fri 13 Jun 14

emcee says...

Only the police may enter a property and only then with a warrant issued by the court. This warrant should only be issued if the court is satified that animals are suffering and evidence of such will have to be submitted to the court by those applying for the warrant. Even if a warrant is obtained only the persons named on the warrant may enter the property. This should rarely include anyone from the RSPCA.
So, if the RSPCA come knocking, all anyone needs to do is tell them to go away. In fact you do not have to engage in any communication whatsoever. Never give your name or any personal information. Do not even admit to keeping animals. And above all, never, ever, let them onto your property. You do not have to, regardless of how much they try and intimidate.

The RSPCA have no authority whatsoever. They are just charity workers with intimidating uniforms. Their business (and it is a business, under the guise of a charity) is to prosecute. Animal welfare comes a poor second to them trying to elicit more funds for their coffers.
Only the police may enter a property and only then with a warrant issued by the court. This warrant should only be issued if the court is satified that animals are suffering and evidence of such will have to be submitted to the court by those applying for the warrant. Even if a warrant is obtained only the persons named on the warrant may enter the property. This should rarely include anyone from the RSPCA. So, if the RSPCA come knocking, all anyone needs to do is tell them to go away. In fact you do not have to engage in any communication whatsoever. Never give your name or any personal information. Do not even admit to keeping animals. And above all, never, ever, let them onto your property. You do not have to, regardless of how much they try and intimidate. The RSPCA have no authority whatsoever. They are just charity workers with intimidating uniforms. Their business (and it is a business, under the guise of a charity) is to prosecute. Animal welfare comes a poor second to them trying to elicit more funds for their coffers. emcee
  • Score: 31

8:54am Sat 14 Jun 14

The Macduffian says...

Avery a place for keeping birds, some of the spelling mistakes really make me chuckle
Avery a place for keeping birds, some of the spelling mistakes really make me chuckle The Macduffian
  • Score: 3

11:18am Sat 14 Jun 14

Robin Reliant says...

So you have a Rabbit or 2 indoors and some birds in your garden and thats now classed as a Zoo ?
So you have a Rabbit or 2 indoors and some birds in your garden and thats now classed as a Zoo ? Robin Reliant
  • Score: 14

12:22pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Maurice Le Frog says...

I like very much the zoo. If had more visits conditions improve?
I like very much the zoo. If had more visits conditions improve? Maurice Le Frog
  • Score: -1

3:58pm Sat 14 Jun 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Leave the man alone, stop harassing him, he prefers animals to humans and just wants to be left alone to care for them love them and feed them . He is eccentric , harmless and frightened that his beloved animals will be taken away. GO AWAY AND LEAVE HIM ALONE, BULLY BOYS
Leave the man alone, stop harassing him, he prefers animals to humans and just wants to be left alone to care for them love them and feed them . He is eccentric , harmless and frightened that his beloved animals will be taken away. GO AWAY AND LEAVE HIM ALONE, BULLY BOYS CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 18

4:46pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

emcee wrote:
Only the police may enter a property and only then with a warrant issued by the court. This warrant should only be issued if the court is satified that animals are suffering and evidence of such will have to be submitted to the court by those applying for the warrant. Even if a warrant is obtained only the persons named on the warrant may enter the property. This should rarely include anyone from the RSPCA.
So, if the RSPCA come knocking, all anyone needs to do is tell them to go away. In fact you do not have to engage in any communication whatsoever. Never give your name or any personal information. Do not even admit to keeping animals. And above all, never, ever, let them onto your property. You do not have to, regardless of how much they try and intimidate.

The RSPCA have no authority whatsoever. They are just charity workers with intimidating uniforms. Their business (and it is a business, under the guise of a charity) is to prosecute. Animal welfare comes a poor second to them trying to elicit more funds for their coffers.
RUBBISH
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Only the police may enter a property and only then with a warrant issued by the court. This warrant should only be issued if the court is satified that animals are suffering and evidence of such will have to be submitted to the court by those applying for the warrant. Even if a warrant is obtained only the persons named on the warrant may enter the property. This should rarely include anyone from the RSPCA. So, if the RSPCA come knocking, all anyone needs to do is tell them to go away. In fact you do not have to engage in any communication whatsoever. Never give your name or any personal information. Do not even admit to keeping animals. And above all, never, ever, let them onto your property. You do not have to, regardless of how much they try and intimidate. The RSPCA have no authority whatsoever. They are just charity workers with intimidating uniforms. Their business (and it is a business, under the guise of a charity) is to prosecute. Animal welfare comes a poor second to them trying to elicit more funds for their coffers.[/p][/quote]RUBBISH Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -15

11:09am Sun 15 Jun 14

Gridlock2 says...

I just have meer kat in my house.
I just have meer kat in my house. Gridlock2
  • Score: 2

2:33pm Sun 15 Jun 14

The Macduffian says...

A true story for Sunday afternoon, at the end of last year a women on the island of Stornaway was arrested for keeping a horse in her cottage, it transpired that she had turned her lounge into a stable for the horse, complete with hay, a bed everything, she said that she had had an argument with the local farmer over a field so had nowhere else to keep the animal, the council gave her six months to cover the windows in mesh, now wait for it, make the doors wider so the horse could walk around, she did not comply so the council shipped the horse off to a field 2 islands away, she was not a happy bunny.
A true story for Sunday afternoon, at the end of last year a women on the island of Stornaway was arrested for keeping a horse in her cottage, it transpired that she had turned her lounge into a stable for the horse, complete with hay, a bed everything, she said that she had had an argument with the local farmer over a field so had nowhere else to keep the animal, the council gave her six months to cover the windows in mesh, now wait for it, make the doors wider so the horse could walk around, she did not comply so the council shipped the horse off to a field 2 islands away, she was not a happy bunny. The Macduffian
  • Score: 0

6:23pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Royr says...

The Macduffian wrote:
Avery a place for keeping birds, some of the spelling mistakes really make me chuckle
Even Microsoft American smell checker would have spotted this one!
[quote][p][bold]The Macduffian[/bold] wrote: Avery a place for keeping birds, some of the spelling mistakes really make me chuckle[/p][/quote]Even Microsoft American smell checker would have spotted this one! Royr
  • Score: 1

12:42am Fri 27 Jun 14

LadyTrojan says...

It is true rspca inspectors are merely charity workers and not employed by gvt to perform inspections on anything. RSPCA inspectors are cleverly trained to lie, take photographs in angles which appear in a negative way. it appears education is required to the public and the police . that rspca inspectors are not employed by gvt as a secret police force to harass, bully, threaten, coerce, steal or kill animals or people. But they are doing it. The police are accepting lies from RSPCA inspectors and obtaining warrants on lies without any police validation. WE have a serious corruption and serious failure in administering the laws. The RSPCA have NO RIGHT what so ever to bring criminal charges. Any real animal cruelty are cases which must be done by the police. The RSPCA is NOT an authority as people mistakingly assume. It is an urgent matter not to get the RSPCA to stop dead in their tracks of causing unnecessary suffering to humans and animals leading to deaths. Please join the march .. we are going to crush the rspca for good. Thank you https://www.facebook
.com/MarchAgainstThe
RSPCA?ref_type=bookm
ark
It is true rspca inspectors are merely charity workers and not employed by gvt to perform inspections on anything. RSPCA inspectors are cleverly trained to lie, take photographs in angles which appear in a negative way. it appears education is required to the public and the police . that rspca inspectors are not employed by gvt as a secret police force to harass, bully, threaten, coerce, steal or kill animals or people. But they are doing it. The police are accepting lies from RSPCA inspectors and obtaining warrants on lies without any police validation. WE have a serious corruption and serious failure in administering the laws. The RSPCA have NO RIGHT what so ever to bring criminal charges. Any real animal cruelty are cases which must be done by the police. The RSPCA is NOT an authority as people mistakingly assume. It is an urgent matter not to get the RSPCA to stop dead in their tracks of causing unnecessary suffering to humans and animals leading to deaths. Please join the march .. we are going to crush the rspca for good. Thank you https://www.facebook .com/MarchAgainstThe RSPCA?ref_type=bookm ark LadyTrojan
  • Score: 4

12:47am Fri 27 Jun 14

LadyTrojan says...

The RSPCA must be stopped right this moment. The gvt is aware that the rspca are acting like they have power and are an authority when they are NOT. Its time to STOP the corruption an injustice all across this land. A slap at the RSPCA is also a slap at the gvt for failing to put the RSPCA in their place and allowing them constantly to harass, threaten steal and kill people an animals. Please join the march now STOP more people from suffering mentally .. stop the deaths stop the suicides. The RSPCA are a gang of bullies they do NOT represent the vicar ARTHUR BROOME in any way. please join now thank you https://www.facebook
.com/MarchAgainstThe
RSPCA?ref_type=bookm
ark
The RSPCA must be stopped right this moment. The gvt is aware that the rspca are acting like they have power and are an authority when they are NOT. Its time to STOP the corruption an injustice all across this land. A slap at the RSPCA is also a slap at the gvt for failing to put the RSPCA in their place and allowing them constantly to harass, threaten steal and kill people an animals. Please join the march now STOP more people from suffering mentally .. stop the deaths stop the suicides. The RSPCA are a gang of bullies they do NOT represent the vicar ARTHUR BROOME in any way. please join now thank you https://www.facebook .com/MarchAgainstThe RSPCA?ref_type=bookm ark LadyTrojan
  • Score: 3

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