'Dangerous dogs' seized in Plymouth raid

Five "dangerous dogs" have been seized by police from a Plymouth house.

Officers found the dogs in a raid on a house in Ernesettle on Thursday morning.

Five dogs including three puppies were seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. The breed of dog has not yet been established by police.

Two men aged 22 and 24 were arrested in connection with alleged breeding of dangerous dogs and were released on police bail until 13 July.

Police are trying to trace a number of other dogs believed to be part of the litter.

The 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act bans four "fighting" breeds - the pit bull terrier, Japanese tosa, dogo Argentino and the fila Brasileiro.

The maximum penalty for illegal possession of a prohibited dog is a fine of £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment.

The courts also have the power to destroy the animal if they feel it is a danger to public safety.

Alternatively, male dogs can be neutered.

A conviction also means the owner could have to pay for the costs of destroying their dog and could be disqualified from keeping a dog.

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