Man convicted of owning dangerous dogs

10/01/2014

The owner of three dangerous dogs has today been sentenced to a 12 month community order at Birmingham magistrates’ court after he was found guilty of possessing fighting dogs.

On 19 April 2013, police executed a search warrant on an unrelated matter at the home of 26-year-old Daniel Page in Erdington, Birmingham.

When the defendant opened the door to the officers, they noticed three dogs in the home which were subsequently seized and examined by a police dog handler in order to determine their breed.  They were removed from the ownership of the defendant and were taken to a secure kennel.

Following an examination of the dogs, they were deemed to be Pit Bull type and Page was prosecuted under the Dangerous Dog Act 1991 and charged with possession of a fighting dog.

On sentence an order was made for one of the three dogs to be destroyed.  The other two dogs were determined by a police expert not to constitute a danger to public safety, consequently a Contingent Destruction Order was made in respect of those two dogs that will require the defendant  to obtain a Certificate of Exemption from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  If he is successful the two remaining dogs will be returned to him providing he complies with stringent conditions intended protect the public.

Page was given a 12 months supervision to take part in programs required by probation and pay £300 costs.

Peter Lawn, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Dogs such as the ones which were seized from Daniel Page are extremely dangerous to the members of the public and to other dogs.

"Individuals who own such animals are not only committing a crime by being in possession of such a breed, but they are putting themselves, their family members and friends in danger from the dog.

"We hope this prosecution sends out a clear message to dog owners that with ownership, comes responsibilities. If you are caught owning such dangerous breed then you will be held accountable for it and prosecuted accordingly."