Two arrested in dangerous dog raid in Plymouth

Five dogs have been seized by police in Plymouth who have reason to believe that they were being breed for dog fighting purposes.

Five dogs, that included two adults, a bitch and three puppies believed to be around 16 weeks old, were removed from a property by dog handlers in Ernesetlle, Plymouth.

Two men, who were originally from Liverpool, were both arrested at the scene. The men, aged 24 and 26 years, were both detained by officers and were arrested on suspicion of being in possession of illegal dogs. Both men have been bailed until July 13th pending further enquiries.

The operation was led by Pc Dan Pen-collings. He said that officers issued the warrant under Section 5 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. Pc Pen-collings commented:

“We obtained information from members of the public and we had concerns about aggressive dogs of a potentially dangerous breed at a council-owned address in Ernesettle. There were dog faeces everywhere in the property and officers took precautions while transferring the animals to the dog van.”

Police also believe that these puppies were only a small number of a larger litter and are very keen to trace where the other dogs may be. If you can assist police contact 08452 777444 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. You must also quote the police log number 136 of 12/5/2011.

The maximum penalty for being in possession of an illegal breed of dog is a fine of £5,000, or 6 months imprisonment.


  • Who’d have thought such a hefty fine for owning an illegal dog, I’m guessing some people would not know what breeds are legal or not, I don’t think I would know although it’s totally the owners responsibility to look this up.

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