Police seize ‘fighting dog’ in Lancaster

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POLICE seized a suspected fighting dog after a series of raids on houses in the Skerton and Marsh areas of Lancaster.

Officers from the dog unit and neighbourhood police teams, armed with warrants under the Dangerous Dogs Act, swooped on addresses in Broadway, Sycamore Grove and Chestnut Grove shortly after 10.30am today.

Three dogs were taken away and police said specialist officers would determine whether or not they are illegal breeds.

A 39-year-old man, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of possessing a fighting dog. A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

Insp Ian Hesketh, Lancashire Police, said: “We carried out the raids after residents raised concerns about animals that were being kept at the properties.

“This operation shows our commitment to taking firm action against anyone believed to be housing dangerous dogs or breeding them to fight.

“I would like to reassure the community that this is not a widespread problem, but is an isolated issue. I would also urge residents to contact us if they have any concerns and we will take action on them.”

Contact police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.