Dogs seized

Cleethorpes: The welfare of the dogs and safety of the public is our main concern

2 Dec 2017

Following an operation to seize two dogs from a flat on Chapman Road in Cleethorpes yesterday, the dogs have been taken to a Police approved kennel where they will be looked after and cared for by the kennel staff.

The decision to remove the dogs from the owners was taken with all consideration for the safety of not only the owners but that of the public.

We have an officer who has years of experience in dealing with dogs, and is an expert witness in the identification and policing of dangerous dogs, in particular those prohibited under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. The officer is highly trained and believed that the dogs posed a significant danger to the owners and the public, and in order to ensure everyone’s safety needed to seize the dogs.

The two dogs will now be assessed to identify their breed and once this has been completed a decision will be made as to the best course of action giving consideration under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 for the welfare of the dogs and for the safety of all.

These cases are clearly distressing for the owners, and we only  take this course of action as a last resort.  However we have a duty of care to ensure that the dogs are not a danger to anyone now or in the future. The investigation into the dogs, their breed and the incident in which two police officers were bitten is ongoing.

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was brought in to protect the public and to ensure action could be taken against people owning banned breeds and that any dangerous dogs were controlled. Sadly we have seen some serious incidents nationally involving such dogs and the role of the police is to prevent this happening and maximise the safety of the public and the families involved.

It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, such as:

  • in a public place
  • in a private place, e.g a neighbour’s house or garden
  • in the owner’s home

The law applies to all dogs.

The types of dogs banned under section 1 are:-

Pit Bull Terrier
Japanese Tosa
Dogo Argentino
Fila Brasileiro

It’s also against the law to: sell a banned dog; abandon a banned dog; give away a banned dog; breed from a banned dog

Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:

  • injures someone
  • makes someone worried that it might injure them

A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if either of the following apply:

  • it attacks someone’s animal
  • the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal