Police seize “out of control” dog in East Ham

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Police had to seize a pitbull-type dog from its owner after it went beserk on the street last week.

Officers were called to Frinton Road, East Ham, by concerned members of the public on Sunday July 28.

When Newham’s Dog Unit arrived on the scene, they found the dog was “aggressive and out of control”.

They captured the animal and the Met’s Status Dog Unit are trying to find out whether it is a banned breed.

The owner has been identified and police have made a crime report of the incident as owning a dog “dangerously out of control in a public place” is a criminal offence.

No one was injured in the incident.

It is illegal to keep dogs that are bred for fighting as pets due to their strength and temperament.

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Dangerous breeds include Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Braziliero and Pit Bull Terriers, which includes the American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire, Irish Staffordshire and Irish Blue Staffordshire.

Police advise people who see a dog out of control, whether or not it is one of the dangerous dog breeds, to dial 999.

For advice on whether your dog is one of the listed breeds, or to report a suspicious dog belonging to someone else, call Newham police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Stray dogs should be reported to the local dog warden service.