Fifteen dogs to be destroyed after Merseyside Police operation

Wirral Globe: Fifteen dangerous dogs have been seized after their owners breached conditions. Fifteen dangerous dogs have been seized after their owners breached conditions.

POLICE have seized 22 dogs considered to be a danger to the public after their owners breached conditions imposed by the courts.

The owners had initially been granted leave by the courts to keep the animals but police say the dogs will now be humanely destroyed after owners did not adhere to the conditions.

Merseyside Police said the operation took place across the region today with dangerous dogs seized from properties in Bromborough, Birkenhead, Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley and St Helens.

There are said to be 247 owners of dogs across Merseyside who are exempted under Dangerous Dogs Legislation, 130 of which are in breach of their conditions.

Chief Inspector Chris Gibson from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Uniformed Services wing, said the action is solely in relation to banned breeds which have been given such exemptions by the courts.

He said: “As a result of the failure to adhere to the exemption conditions of the court and other aggravating factors, we identified and prioritised 42 of those dogs as a danger to the public and have taken the required action this morning.

"So far 22 dogs have been seized as part of the operation. The dogs seized by officers today will be humanely destroyed.”

Chief Inspector Gibson stressed that the force does not want to “demonise all dogs, or their owners” but said action would be taken against those who have breached the conditions imposed.

He said: “Let’s be clear, these dogs pose a danger to the public, as well as to the families where they are housed.

“Invariably the people who keep these dogs, keep them as a status symbol and are not responsible dog owners.

“I’m sure that if you were to ask members of the public there aren’t many who would be happy living next door to someone who owns one of these dogs and does not take their responsibilities seriously, and I’m sure there aren’t many who would be happy to let their children, or grandchildren play out in the street if one of these dogs was in the vicinity.

"These dogs are fighting dogs, they are not designed to be family pets.

"Where owners have made applications to the court and have been granted an exemption it is up to that dog owner to adhere to the conditions and prove responsible dog ownership.

"If those owners are not prepared to abide by the conditions imposed, we have no alternative but to take the action we have undertaken today to keep our communities safe.”

Three people – including two children - have been killed on Merseyside since 2007 after being attacked by dogs and police say they want to ensure other families do not suffer the loss of a loved one as a result of an attack by a dangerous dog.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy added: “We are a nation of animal lovers and dogs make fantastic pets and companions.

“However, sadly here on Merseyside we have seen the devastating consequences of what can happen when irresponsible dog owners refuse to control their animals. 

“Nobody should suffer serious injury or lose their life because an individual has failed to control an already banned breed of dog.

"We have a responsibility to act to keep our children and grandchildren safe and when owners have failed to obey the orders of a court the force has no choice but to step in and remove these dangerous dogs from our community.”

Anyone with information on illegal dogs should call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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12:47pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Anon123456789 says...

Can't they just 'humanely destroy' the irresponsible owner(s) instead?
Can't they just 'humanely destroy' the irresponsible owner(s) instead? Anon123456789
  • Score: 44

1:22pm Thu 27 Mar 14

rover600 says...

Sad to say but this is long overdue. It sounds like there are plenty more out there to 'round up' too but lets hope on the back of this their owners realise it's better to abide by the court exemption conditions than ignore them and end up losing your dog and it being put down. A responsible caring owner would do the former....
Sad to say but this is long overdue. It sounds like there are plenty more out there to 'round up' too but lets hope on the back of this their owners realise it's better to abide by the court exemption conditions than ignore them and end up losing your dog and it being put down. A responsible caring owner would do the former.... rover600
  • Score: 4

5:40pm Thu 27 Mar 14

elisab says...

"In the 70's they blamed the Dobermans,
In the 80's they blamed the Alsatians,
In the 90's they blamed the Rottweilers,
Now they blame the Pit Bulls.
When will they blame the Humans?"

Cesar Millan.

Never a truer word was said. These poor dogs are a product of the environment they are living in. It is without doubt the Humans that they are 'owned' by that instil the majority of the problems onto these dogs by their actions. There are plenty of these breeds that live in loving caring family homes without any issues whatsoever. It is simply a matter of how one looks after the dog. Typically it is the animals that are blanket labelled as 'dangerous' and as such suffer, whilst the selfish 'owners' get nothing more than slapped on the wrist, with no punishment or education at all. Screwed up practice, for sure.
"In the 70's they blamed the Dobermans, In the 80's they blamed the Alsatians, In the 90's they blamed the Rottweilers, Now they blame the Pit Bulls. When will they blame the Humans?" Cesar Millan. Never a truer word was said. These poor dogs are a product of the environment they are living in. It is without doubt the Humans that they are 'owned' by that instil the majority of the problems onto these dogs by their actions. There are plenty of these breeds that live in loving caring family homes without any issues whatsoever. It is simply a matter of how one looks after the dog. Typically it is the animals that are blanket labelled as 'dangerous' and as such suffer, whilst the selfish 'owners' get nothing more than slapped on the wrist, with no punishment or education at all. Screwed up practice, for sure. elisab
  • Score: 12

7:38pm Thu 27 Mar 14

bigfoot says...

elisab wrote:
"In the 70's they blamed the Dobermans,
In the 80's they blamed the Alsatians,
In the 90's they blamed the Rottweilers,
Now they blame the Pit Bulls.
When will they blame the Humans?"

Cesar Millan.

Never a truer word was said. These poor dogs are a product of the environment they are living in. It is without doubt the Humans that they are 'owned' by that instil the majority of the problems onto these dogs by their actions. There are plenty of these breeds that live in loving caring family homes without any issues whatsoever. It is simply a matter of how one looks after the dog. Typically it is the animals that are blanket labelled as 'dangerous' and as such suffer, whilst the selfish 'owners' get nothing more than slapped on the wrist, with no punishment or education at all. Screwed up practice, for sure.
The same goes for their kids as well!
[quote][p][bold]elisab[/bold] wrote: "In the 70's they blamed the Dobermans, In the 80's they blamed the Alsatians, In the 90's they blamed the Rottweilers, Now they blame the Pit Bulls. When will they blame the Humans?" Cesar Millan. Never a truer word was said. These poor dogs are a product of the environment they are living in. It is without doubt the Humans that they are 'owned' by that instil the majority of the problems onto these dogs by their actions. There are plenty of these breeds that live in loving caring family homes without any issues whatsoever. It is simply a matter of how one looks after the dog. Typically it is the animals that are blanket labelled as 'dangerous' and as such suffer, whilst the selfish 'owners' get nothing more than slapped on the wrist, with no punishment or education at all. Screwed up practice, for sure.[/p][/quote]The same goes for their kids as well! bigfoot
  • Score: 9

9:07pm Thu 27 Mar 14

alinat says...

I am the first to agree about dangerous dogs I was one of the "status symbol" ppl that the globe and the police spoke about so wrong my dog was NOT a fighting dog and come from a much well loved family home if the globe wud like to look on my Facebook they wud see all the lovely comments that ppl have said about jadey she didn't have a dangerous bone in her was fab around other dogs and children jadey wud hide under the table or go upstairs when the other puppies wud torment her feel free to leave comments but until u no the full factts not all owners are the same !!!
I am the first to agree about dangerous dogs I was one of the "status symbol" ppl that the globe and the police spoke about so wrong my dog was NOT a fighting dog and come from a much well loved family home if the globe wud like to look on my Facebook they wud see all the lovely comments that ppl have said about jadey she didn't have a dangerous bone in her was fab around other dogs and children jadey wud hide under the table or go upstairs when the other puppies wud torment her feel free to leave comments but until u no the full factts not all owners are the same !!! alinat
  • Score: -2

10:30am Fri 28 Mar 14

Gwynne Birkenhead says...

Dogs are just like there owners,so if you have drug dealing low life scum then the dog will be aggressive and vile regardless of the breed, there are more people in the wirral that need putting to sleep as a previous comment says.
Dogs are just like there owners,so if you have drug dealing low life scum then the dog will be aggressive and vile regardless of the breed, there are more people in the wirral that need putting to sleep as a previous comment says. Gwynne Birkenhead
  • Score: 8

2:43pm Mon 31 Mar 14

rover600 says...

alinat wrote:
I am the first to agree about dangerous dogs I was one of the "status symbol" ppl that the globe and the police spoke about so wrong my dog was NOT a fighting dog and come from a much well loved family home if the globe wud like to look on my Facebook they wud see all the lovely comments that ppl have said about jadey she didn't have a dangerous bone in her was fab around other dogs and children jadey wud hide under the table or go upstairs when the other puppies wud torment her feel free to leave comments but until u no the full factts not all owners are the same !!!
Sad as this is for you and I have a degree of sympathy but you and several others (owners) apparently on the list have 'complained' after the event. You all knew the serious nature of the matter by the fact that court exemptions had to be issued and you knew they were issued with strict and stringent conditions.... It's certainly not any of the dog's faults that they were destroyed, it sadly lies with you and other owners for failing to ensure you continued to meet the legally binding terms imposed. I know your failing is something you will have to live with forever but you cannot blame the Police or the courts for your oversight.
I completely agree it isn't all dogs within a breed that are viscous and or nasty but AMPT and others are renowned for their ability to fight 'to the death', dealing with owner after a child has been savaged or worse still killed is NOT the answer here. I'd add too I know people with a variety of breeds, I know breeders of mainly gun dogs, I've seen people bitten, I've been bitten twice... With the exception of one Staffordshire Bull Terrier owner and a dear friend who would openly admit as their dog when in their sole company he was the sweetest thing ever but introduce anyone else into the environment and they recognised the dog was not safe, the dog was their pet, their baby wasn't taught to be territorially aggressive, it was just instinct. Other dogs that have bitten too including the owners of the two that bit me (with absolutely no provocation) all very apologetic and all of the view the dog acted out of character.
Myself I would not ban a single breed, even as a former dog owner, I would rather see a law that says all dogs should be muzzled at ALL times and yes in house/home too. Too many children have been killed in their parents homes or their grandparent's homes.
[quote][p][bold]alinat[/bold] wrote: I am the first to agree about dangerous dogs I was one of the "status symbol" ppl that the globe and the police spoke about so wrong my dog was NOT a fighting dog and come from a much well loved family home if the globe wud like to look on my Facebook they wud see all the lovely comments that ppl have said about jadey she didn't have a dangerous bone in her was fab around other dogs and children jadey wud hide under the table or go upstairs when the other puppies wud torment her feel free to leave comments but until u no the full factts not all owners are the same !!![/p][/quote]Sad as this is for you and I have a degree of sympathy but you and several others (owners) apparently on the list have 'complained' after the event. You all knew the serious nature of the matter by the fact that court exemptions had to be issued and you knew they were issued with strict and stringent conditions.... It's certainly not any of the dog's faults that they were destroyed, it sadly lies with you and other owners for failing to ensure you continued to meet the legally binding terms imposed. I know your failing is something you will have to live with forever but you cannot blame the Police or the courts for your oversight. I completely agree it isn't all dogs within a breed that are viscous and or nasty but AMPT and others are renowned for their ability to fight 'to the death', dealing with owner after a child has been savaged or worse still killed is NOT the answer here. I'd add too I know people with a variety of breeds, I know breeders of mainly gun dogs, I've seen people bitten, I've been bitten twice... With the exception of one Staffordshire Bull Terrier owner and a dear friend who would openly admit as their dog when in their sole company he was the sweetest thing ever but introduce anyone else into the environment and they recognised the dog was not safe, the dog was their pet, their baby wasn't taught to be territorially aggressive, it was just instinct. Other dogs that have bitten too including the owners of the two that bit me (with absolutely no provocation) all very apologetic and all of the view the dog acted out of character. Myself I would not ban a single breed, even as a former dog owner, I would rather see a law that says all dogs should be muzzled at ALL times and yes in house/home too. Too many children have been killed in their parents homes or their grandparent's homes. rover600
  • Score: 5

1:24pm Thu 3 Apr 14

LG0809 says...

As Elisab says, a dog is the product of its owners, just as the bad behaved, ill mannered, abusive children in our areas are, therefore are their parents going to be subject to court orders?

Dogs are not too blame.
As Elisab says, a dog is the product of its owners, just as the bad behaved, ill mannered, abusive children in our areas are, therefore are their parents going to be subject to court orders? Dogs are not too blame. LG0809
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