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UnleashedThe phenomena of status dogs and weapon dogs$
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Simon Harding

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300274

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300274.001.0001

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Responses to the issue of status dogs

Responses to the issue of status dogs

(p.199) Eight Responses to the issue of status dogs

Simon Harding

Policy Press

In response to the rising numbers of status dogs and dangerous dogs, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) established a Status Dog Unit in 2009. Simon Hallsworth is critiqued for his views on this new unit which he thinks supports doggy genocide. This chapter details the working of the unit giving data on its costs and outcomes. This chapter reveals how dogs are identified and seized by the police who use protective kit and firearms if necessary. The process of a dog in custody through the criminal justice system can be lengthy and expensive in terms of kennelling costs. After examining the required court standards, the chapter considers examples from different UK regions as to how the local police have responded to the issue, e.g. use of Section 4B. Court delays are commonplace. Local authority responses and those of animal welfare agencies are also reviewed, setting out the relevant legislation. Government initiatives are considered alongside US anti-dog-fighting programmes.

Keywords:   Seizure, Section 4B, Merseyside, Kennelling, Judicial, Council, Government, Dangerous Dogs Act, Hallsworth

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