Illegal dog hand-in
MERSEYSIDE Police have announced
the results of an amnesty for owners of illegal dogs
that happened over 7 February 2007 to 13 February 2007.
This amnesty has provoked a lot of emotional reactions
on all sides and all dogs handed over and found to be
illegal would be killed humanely.
Friends Shocked At
Over 600 calls were received about illegal dogs by
Merseyside Police during the hand-in period according to
Merseyside Police. "132 owners have so far been
reassured that their animals did not fall under the
legislation, and many owners have taken the very
difficult decision to part with their animals to enable
them to stay within the law. Officers will contact those
people who have requested assistance in identifying if
their dog is of an illegal type over the coming weeks."
Merseyside police told the press.
"Now the hand-in has concluded anyone who calls 0151 709
6010 to report a dog banned under the 1991 Dangerous
Dogs Act will be assessed on a case by case basis. We
would encourage anybody who still owns an illegal dog to
call us, although they should understand they could face
a large fine or even imprisonment. However the focus for
Merseyside Police is to target those who are involved in
illegal dog fighting or breeding, as well as those who
use illegal dogs as part of their criminal lifestyle.
During the hand in a number of calls were from people
who had information on where illegal dogs are being kept
or bred. We would urge anybody who has information on
these activities to call 0151 709 6010 or contact Crime
Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Merseyside Police added in a press statement.
Sadly some members of the public are still get confused
as to what the dogs are illegal. Under the 1991
Dangerous Dogs Act the following types of dogs have been
banned:- Pit Bull Type; Dogo Argentino; Japanese Tosa
and the Fila Braziliero breads.
THIS week we have had lots of
tributes pour in for a “Very popular, friendly and
well loved, young lad. A friend who
had a good sense of fun."
On Thursday, 13 February 2007 David Smith
was found dead in his car, shortly after 7am, in the
Zetland pub car park on East Street, Southport.
His death has shocked close friends and his family.
On Wednesday night friends met up with
the sister of the dead man to comfort one another. One
of his friends told me:- “It is a tragic loss.
He will be truly missed. It is such a shame that
he had died.” His passing was marked that night
by a simple tribute; a single candle next to a bottle of
his favourite drink.
Police are not treating the incident as
David’s funeral takes place on Thursday
22 February 2007 at 11am at Holy Trinity Church,