More than 100 'banned dogs' seized in three months as police charge dozens of owners

A general image of an XL bully dog
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More than 100 'banned dogs' have been seized in three months and dozens of owners charged by West Midlands Police. A new investigation has revealed that the force, which covers the Coventry area, has seized 155 unregistered, banned dogs in the last three months.

Also, over the last three years, a total of 36 owners have been charged with possession of a banned dog. The new research, following a Freedom of Information Act request, highlights that the number of banned canines picked-up by the force has rocketed.

Between 2021 and 2023, the force seized 102 unregistered dogs over a two-year-period between 2021 and 2023 and a further 180 between April 2023 and March of this year. As well as the number of banned dogs being seized, the number of owners charged have also risen.

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The information, obtained by LegalExpert, has revealed that since April 2021,a total of 36 owners have been charged with possession of a ‘section 1 banned breed under the dangerous dog’s act’ and taken through the court process where the dogs have in most cases been exempted.

It has been said that the figures from do not include dogs where owners have elected for euthanasia, it confirms.

Under law, people found guilty of owning a banned dog in the UK you can receive an 'unlimited' fine and/or spend time in jail.

Across the UK, it is now against the law to own the following dog breeds:

  • Pit Bull Terrier

  • Japanese Tosa

  • Dogo Argentino

  • Fila Brasileiro

XL Bully dogs are also banned in England and Wales.

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