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Breed Specific Legislation and How This Could Affect You

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 DEED NOT BREED for advice and guidance.

Section 3 Offences

Section three of the dangerous dogs act applies to ALL breeds of dog if they are dangerously out of control in a public or private place and they injure or cause reasonable apprehension that they will injure a person or an assistance dog. A dog may be seized and an owner brought to court. The penalties can be severe for owner and can result in the dog ordered to be destroyed. Individual cases differ so if you find yourself in this position please contact Deed Not Breed for confidential advice and assistance.