Two arrested in Barnstaple in illegal dog breeding inquiry
Two people have been arrested in Devon on suspicion of breeding illegal pit bull-type dogs.
Police officers seized four dogs during an operation in the Newport area of Barnstaple.
A police spokesman said a man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s were assisting them with inquiries.
Pit bulls are banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act unless the owner gets a special court order and complies with safety rules.
Once a dog has been identified as a pit bull-type, it can be returned under the order of a court if it is not considered a danger to the public.
Safety regulations include the pit bull being micro chipped, tattooed, insured, neutered, muzzled in public, kept on a lead and held by someone aged 16 or over.
Det Insp Praveen Naidoo said: "Dangerous dog breeds cause significant concern within the community and we will act positively when offences are suspected under this legislation."