Dangerous Dogs Act banned Aggressive breed

Tue, 06 Feb 2007

After a long controversy about the use of dangerous dogs for criminal activity, the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 has come up new changes.

The law is part of the force's crackdown on the criminal and anti-social use of dogs.

According to the revised Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, the domestication of four types of animal breeds are banned. These are:

The pit bull terriers, The Japanese Tosa, The Dogo Argentino and The Fila Brazileiro.

The new rule is declared after the killing of five-year-old Ellie Lawrenson who was mauled to death by a dog at her grandmother's house in St Helens on New Year's Day.

The one-year old dog called Rueben was owed by her 23-year-old uncle named Kiel Simpson. Mr Simpson who was also hurt in the attack was questioned after the attack but was not arrested. Ellie’s grandmothers was also hurt in the attack.

According to the Merseyside police if any owners who has one of the above breeds should contact the police and arrange the collection of their dog between 0700 GMT on Wednesday and midnight next Tuesday.

Further, the owners of the illegal dogs could face a £5,000 fine and six months imprisonment.

Chief Constable Bernard Hogan-Howe said, "We want you to hand in illegal dogs, including the pit bull and pit bull type.

"You may not agree with the hand-in but I am sure all parents will want to prioritise the safety of their children above the affection for their dogs."

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