In August 1991, the UK saw the introduction of the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA). The legislation is made up of different sections. Section One of the DDA, applies to the following:
Any dog of the type known as the Pit Bull Terrier, the Dogo Argentino, the Fila Braziliero and the Japanese Tosa. Note the use of the word "TYPE", this means that any dog can be seized for just looking like one of the above mentioned banned breeds. It must have a number of similarities but not all.
Facts About Right of Seizure
A dog thought to be "TYPE" can be seized by the Police or Officers authorised by the local authority (for example a dog warden).
If you are with your dog in a public place and an Officer believes your dog to be "TYPE". The Officer can seize your dog without the need of a warrant.
If you are in your home, any Officer wishing to seize your dog requires a warrant. You have a choice, you can allow entry and the seizure to take place or request a warrant. Refusing entry will NOT stop your dog being seized.
If a warrant for seizure is issued and you are not home, an Officer can use force to enter the property.
The Police or any other Authority cannot destroy your dog for being "TYPE" without your consent or a court order from a judge.
Without your consent the Authority can make an application to a court for a destruction order. This will not automatically result in destruction and it could result in your dog being placed on The Index of Exempt Dogs and allowed to return home.
If your dog is seized DO NOT SIGN ANY PAPERWORK without consulting DDAWatch for adivce and guidance.