A man from Finchley has been warned by the RSPCA after naming his cat David. Neighbours complained to authorities as they felt it 'a bit creepy and not the sort of name one would give a domestic pet'.
The unnamed owner has been given 48 hours to change the name of his feline friend or run the risk of the animal being taken into care or put to sleep.
One neighbour who did not wish to be named said, 'It was all a bit strange to be honest to hear him (the owner) go out into his garden and shout every night around 10.00pm, 'David, David,' and then this bloody cat came trotting in? It was unnatural and just did not sit comfortable with a lot of residents around here. I myself love cats and have had quite a few over the years but always gave them names like Sparky, Tizzy or Burbank which are traditionally non human names.'
A similar claim was made against a resident of Tooting, SW London, who was reported for calling her Golden Retrievers Keith and Graham. The owner in question was forced to re name her two dogs despite taking her case to court.
Since losing the appeal, she has re named the dogs Eddie and Oscar and moved to Canada.
A Tooting resident said after the decision, 'This was a victory for common sense'.