Dog seized in Burngreave ‘banned breed’ investigation was posing risk to children, say Sheffield police

A dog has been seized by police on a Sheffield estate after complaints it was a ‘banned breed’
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Officers from South Yorkshire Police have confirmed they attended a house in Burngreave on Thursday, after receiving reports of a potentially banned breed dog.

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Police say their investigation is ongoing – but added that they have seized the animal because when they arrived they believed that the dog was being kept in unsuitable conditions, posing a risk to the children at the property.

A dog has been seized in Burngreave by police after complaints it was a ‘banned breed’. File picture shows police cars attending an incident in Sheffield.A dog has been seized in Burngreave by police after complaints it was a ‘banned breed’. File picture shows police cars attending an incident in Sheffield.
A dog has been seized in Burngreave by police after complaints it was a ‘banned breed’. File picture shows police cars attending an incident in Sheffield.
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This year, South Yorkshire along with the rest of the UK has seen a ‘significant rise’ in the number of reported dog bites. It is against the law to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control anywhere, including in a public or private place, such as in the owners house or garden.

South Yorkshire Police dog Legislation Officer PC Chelsea Shirt said: “Legislation around banned breeds and the proper control of dogs is in place to protect people from harm. As a dog owner myself I take no joy in removing dogs from their families, but the safety of children and vulnerable people must come first.

"Irresponsible dog ownership creates risk not only to the dog but also, the owner, their family and the wider public. South Yorkshire Police will continue to robustly respond to reports of banned breed dogs or dogs not being kept under proper control.

“As we approach the time of year where people have historically thought about buying puppies as presents, please consider the use of a rescue centre. Times are hard and for many purse strings are tight, many dogs are being surrendered to rescues as families are struggling to care for much loved family pets. Not only can it be cheaper to get a dog from a rescue centre but the rescue centre will support you in finding the best dog to fit you and/or your family. The dog will come micro-chipped, vaccinated and neutered. They will have also most likely have undergone health checks.”

"With the increased value placed on puppies there are some disreputable breeders out there taking advantage in order to make themselves money, and many of them are not taking the necessary steps to ensure they produce healthy, happy puppies. If you must buy from a breeder please ensure you buy from a registered, reputable breeder and try to see the parent dogs together. Research the breed you are buying and ensure the breed suits your situation.”

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Police say if you are worried about your dogs health or behaviour, you should contact your local vet for advice and support. If you have concerns about a dog that is not yours please contact 101 or report anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.