Monday, 18 April 2011

Dogs seized in Lancaster after morning raids

Three dogs have been seized after a number of dangerous dogs warrants were executed at properties in Lancaster.

Officers from the dog unit, the police support unit and Lancaster neighbourhood police teams swooped on addresses in Broadway, Sycamore Grove and Chestnut Grove shortly after 10.30am this morning (Monday.)

The dogs were seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and specialist officers will now determine whether or not they are illegal breeds.

A 39-year-old man, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of possessing a fighting dog. A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

“We carried out the raids after residents raised concerns about animals that were being kept at the properties," said Inspector Ian Hesketh of Lancashire Police. “This operation shows our commitment to taking firm action against anyone believed to be housing dangerous dogs or breeding them to fight.

“I would like to reassure the community that this is not a widespread problem, but is an isolated issue. I would also urge residents to contact us if they have any concerns and we will take action on them.”

• Contact police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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