Leyland, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Another family companion has been seized by local police thanks to Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in the area.
In this instance, Blue, a Staffordshire bull terrier, was minding his own business in the front yard of his own home when he was spotted by police in the area who were in the area.
The officers spotted the dog and came to Blue’s home to ask his owners if Blue was registered.
The family informed the authorities that yes, Blue was microchipped and registered as a “Staff cross”.
Sadly, though the officers seemed happy enough with the answer at the time, it was not over.
Five days later, on October 19, police returned to Blue’s home – armed with a warrant.
Blue was being seized from his family because he “looked like a Pit”.
Nevermind that Blue never hurt anyone.
Nevermnd that Blue’s owners did things “by the book” – registering their dog and microchipping him.
Nevermind that Blue was on his own property, not out in public.
Blue’s owners share the following about their beloved companion,
Blue was a 3wk old puppy when we got him. Myself, my partner and our 3 children have smothered him with love and affection for almost 5yrs now. We have nurtured and trained him so well that he walks to heel without a lead and stays to heel even when walking past other dogs, cats, vehicles. He trusts us implicitly and just wants to please us. Our 18month old baby, 9 and 10yr old girls follow him round and torment him relentlessly but he never gets bored of them and there is never even the slightest worry that he would get angry he is just not that type of dog.
In the yrs we’ve had him he has been in contact with up to 20 police officers who have stroked him and commented on how nice he was.
But none of that seems to matter. Apparently confiscating a treasured, well-mannered family pet is of utmost importance these days.
Apparently confiscating a dog like Blue serves to keep the general public “safe”.
Hopefully you can hear the sarcasm in these words…
Follow Blue’s plight on his Facebook page.
You can also access a Petition for Blue at this link.
Hopefully Blue, and his family, will have better luck than Lennox.
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