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Newham council given greater powers to punish dangerous dog owners

09:57 21 May 2014

A stray male bulldog at Newham Dog Pound

A stray male bulldog at Newham Dog Pound

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The owners of dangerous dogs which harm others in a public place face tougher punishment under new guidelines.

The owners of dangerous dogs which harm others in a public place face tougher punishment under new guidelines.

Changes made to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 mean a constable or council officer now have powers to seize a dangerously out of control dog in a private place.

The Recorder revealed in March that Newham has the second-largest kennels in London after Battersea and there is an increasing number of pitbulls, which are illegal in the UK, being seized.

A spokesperson for Newham Council said: “We take animal welfare very seriously and have a robust approach to enforcement. The council works hard to protect the public from dangerous dogs responding to all calls it receives.

“Residents who have concerns about a dog can contact the animal welfare team who will investigate further and take action if necessary.”

The council has spent more than a quarter of a million pounds in the past year to house dangerous and unwanted pets, including 221 strays.

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