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A dog has been seized from a property in Caerphilly over concerns it is a banned breed.
The dog, believed to be a type of pit bull, was seized by police on Thursday September 14.
A search warrant was carried out by police at the property, on Pontygwindy Road, under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
What is the Dangerous Dogs Act?
The 1991 Dangerous Dog Act is a set of laws that limits the public to what breed of dog they can and can’t own, as well as outlining their responsibilities as owners, in keeping control of potentially dangerous dogs.The list of prohibited dogs are:
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
In 2014, an amendment was made to the act which extended it to cover private property. Prior to this, the Act was only applicable to public spaces.
The punishment for owning any of the previously mentioned breeds varies from a £1,000 fine to six months’ imprisonment.
If any dog was to be the direct cause of loss of life and showed signs of being a ‘dangerous dog’ before the attack, the owner of such a dog could face up to 14 years’ imprisonment.
On deciding whether a dog was potentially dangerous or not prior to an attack, the court is asked to assess the temperament of the dog and also the owner’s ability to control such a dog.
According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, between 2000 and 2019, a total of 64 people in England and Wales lost their lives as a result of an attack by a dog.
The dog is set to be examined by a dog legislation officer.
A 57-year-old man, from the Caerphilly area, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker. He has since been released as enquiries continue, Gwent Police confirmed.
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