Met warn owners of pit bull type dogs – insure them or we will seize them
The Met’s Status Dog Unit are warning owners of registered pit bull type dogs of their responsibilities under the law which requires them to insure their dogs.
The warning comes after police were notified by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) that over half the registered owners of prohibited dogs had failed to re-insure them.
Letters are being sent to all owners who have so far failed to re-insure their dogs giving them seven days to get the relevant cover before police take action.
Police Sergeant Peter Madden from the Status Dogs Unit said: “We are taking a common sense approach to this and appealing to the owners to fulfil their legal obligation and insure their dogs. If they don’t we will seize the dogs and begin legal proceedings against them, which could result in the dog not being returned.”
He continued: “It is a commonly held misconception that pit bull type dogs are automatically destroyed. This is not the case in fact many dogs identified as pit bull type are returned to their owners subject to certain conditions, which include the owner maintaining insurance cover and keeping the dogs muzzled and on a lead in public.”
Figures collated by DEFRA show that 580 of the 1144 registered owners of prohibited dogs in London have allowed their insurance to lapse and now risk enforcement action.