Familyâ€™s fight to save pet
Feb 9 2007
by Ewan Ross, Liverpool Echo
A DISTRAUGHT family will take their fight to save their dogâ€™s life to the courts.
Stephen and Denise Evansâ€™ four-year-old dog Bodie was taken away by police on Wednesday evening after they contacted the hand-in hotline.
The couple were convinced Bodie was an â€œIrish Staffordshire bull terrierâ€ and thought they had papers to prove it.
But specially-trained officers said that the dog was a pit bull terrier-type and they seized it.
Mr and Mrs Evans, of Wavertree, say Bodie is a harmless, well-trained family pet and refused to sign a document allowing the police to put him to sleep.
Instead, they will go to court in the hope of persuading the magistrates that he does not pose a threat to the public, so that he can join the index of exempted dogs.
Lift ban if dogs are harmless
Feb 9 2007
by Nick Coligan, Liverpool Echo
A TOP RSPCA official wants illegal dog owners to have the chance to officially register their pets â€“ if they are harmless.
Chief Inspector Martin Marsh believes animals officially banned but deemed to be no threat should not be automatically put down.
He says the Index of Exempted Animals â€“ set up as part of the Dangerous Dogs Act in 1991 -â€“ should be reopened.
The register was created so dangerous dogs, including pit bulls, can be monitored. It allows people to keep illegal dogs if a court decides they are no threat and are neutered, tattooed, microchipped and muzzled in public.
Currently, the only way a new animal can join the index is if its owner is prosecuted for keeping an illegal dog. Even then, their pet will be put down unless the court makes a rare exception.