Police removed a potentially dangerous pit bull terrier-type dog from a family home in Balby under new laws this week.
The animal was discovered when officers visited the Cross Bank property on an unrelated matter and found that the canine was not registered under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which cam into force on Monday and allows the authorities to take action before a dog bites someone.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Jade Brice explained: “We seized a pitbull terrier type dog which wasn’t registered as part of the new legislation.
“When we explained the process of registration to the owner she decided to disclose the dog and it has been taken for destruction.”
He added: “There were children in the house. We’ve had so many children who have suffered at the hands of dangerous dogs, for me it’s another potentially dangerous dog off the streets.”
In the UK, it’s against the law to own certain types of dog - pit bull terriers, Japanese tosa, dogo argentino, fila braziliero.
It is also unlawful to sell, abandon, give away or breed from a banned dog.
“If a person owns one of the above and it has not been registered, then they are committing a criminal offence and a police officer or dog warden can seize the dog.,” added temporary Det Ch Insp Brice.
“Courts can issue warrants that allow the police to enter a building and seize a dog. The ban covers pure breeds and cross breeds that are similar to the above in terms of their appearance and behaviour. The maximum fine for owning one of these dogs is £5,000 or/and six months in prison. “
Whether your dog is a banned type depends on what it looks like, rather than its breed or name.