Police have stated that a dog seized from an address in the Three Rivers has been put down.
Herts Police confirmed in a statement that the pet, which was taken into custody on February 9, was assessed by an expert who confirmed the dog’s breed as a predominantly pit bull-type, which is prohibited under the law.
The statement reads: “Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 prohibits four types of dogs, the most common type of prohibited dog being the pit bull-type dog.
“A dog was first seized as a suspected pit bull-type dog from the Three Rivers area on February 9.
“The dog was subsequently examined by an expert, where it remained well looked after in kennels, who confirmed the dog was predominately a pit bull-type dog and therefore a prohibited dog under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
“Due to the dog being voluntarily signed over by the owner and subsequently put to sleep by vets, the owner would not have been able to have an independent assessment conducted and as such we cannot proceed with the investigation.
“In this case, the owner decided to sign the dog over to police in the full knowledge that it would be put to sleep. “