Two arrested in Barnstaple in illegal dog breeding inquiry

A pit bull terrier type dog Pit bulls are banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act

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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."

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