Banned dog will be put down unless certificate can be produced, court rules

PUBLISHED: 13:20 22 October 2012

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The owner of a banned dog has been told that unless a certificate of exemption can be produced, it will be destroyed in two months.

A 22 year old from WGC was fined £143 after admitting being in possession of an American Pitbull, named Diesel, on April 24 this year.

Stacey Nash, of Dawley, pleaded guilty to the offence. The breed is banned under the Dangerous Dog Act.

But magistrates ruled that if the dog is neutered, microchipped, tattooed, muzzled, insured, and kept on a lead in public, it would not be put down.

The dog’s owners have two months to obtain a Certificate of Exemption, proving it is not dangerous.

Magistrates ordered Nash to pay £300 in costs, and a £15 victim surcharge.

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