The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

They Are Still About

The infamous Dangerous Dogs Act was passed in 1991 in a Parliamentary panic about a number of vicious attacks that had taken place. Among other things it required the neutering of pit-bull and other fighting types, so by now the breed should more or less have died out. It didn't work though: there were recently arrests in respect of ownership of fighting-type dogs in, I seem to recall, Liverpool, and quite recently a man was arrested in West London after more than twenty pit-bulls were found in his one-bedroom maisonette in tiny cages. Some were young puppies, some were adult dogs, many bearing scars or even fresh wounds from fighting.
The man got six months, and the court ordered the destruction of the dogs, but no doubt there will be more in the future.
Can you imagine what the smell must have been like in that maisonette?