Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in Wealdstone has seized a dog under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, leading filed charges against the owner.
The incident took place on Wednesday, May 24th, and the court appearance is scheduled for later this year.
The development came to light through a tweet posted by MPS Wealdstone, which stated, “Following from an incident in @MPSMarlborough where officers were forced to seize a dog under Section 1 Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, on Wednesday 24th May, we secured a charge of Possession of a banned breed of dog. The owner will appear in court later this year.”
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was implemented to address concerns regarding certain breeds that were deemed to be inherently dangerous.
Section 1 of the act specifically identifies four breeds as “banned dogs,” including Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Tosas, Dogo Argentinos, and Fila Brasileiros. Possessing or breeding any of these breeds is prohibited under the law.
The tweet did not disclose the specifics of the incident leading to the seizure, but it indicates that officers at MPS Marlborough were involved.
While the identity of the owner has not been disclosed, their court appearance later this year indicates the seriousness of the offense.
Upon conviction, penalties for possession of a banned breed of dog under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 can include fines, imprisonment, and even destruction of the dog in question.