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British Police Dog euthanized because of Breed Ban.

6:48 am - 07/22/2014
A POLICE sniffer dog with “great potential” has been put to sleep at a Taunton RSPCA centre after being found to be a banned breed.

Avon and Somerset Police took on Tyson, a pitbull-cross, after he had appeared on Channel 5 show Dog Rescuers.

But when a police dog specialist later identified that Tyson, though a cross-breed, was still of the banned 'pitbull type', he had to be returned to the West Hatch RSPCA centre near Taunton.

Unable to legally rehome him under the Government's breed standard laws, the centre had no choice but to put him to sleep.

The RSPCA and the Police Tri-Force Specialist Operations Collaboration said they were “extremely upset” by what had happened.

Tyson was one of 12 dogs successfully rehomed to various police forces from the Taunton area animal centre.

The outcome has devastated police dog handlers and RSPCA staff who cared for and trained the 18 month-old dark brindle and white dog.

Inspector Dave Eddy, who oversees the Tri-Force Dog Section, said: “We are absolutely devastated Tyson had to be returned to West Hatch, and that due to being a banned breed, he had to be put to sleep in accordance with Dangerous Dog Act.

“It can be very hard to identify the dangerous breeds if they are mixed with other breeds that look similar such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

“In Tyson's case, it was our expert Dog Legislation Officers who identified the physical traits.

“A number of our drug and explosive search dogs are rescue dogs and include Labradors, Springer Spaniels and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

“PC Lee Webb who looked after Tyson was particularly upset. PC Webb already handles a rescue Staffie, PD Kos, who is an excellent search dog.

“We will continue to use rescue dogs and work with the RSPCA to use rescue dogs wherever possible.”

An RSPCA spokesperson commented: “All of the staff who cared for and loved him are incredibly upset that such a wonderful dog had to be put to sleep.”

They added: “Utimately poor Tyson illustrates the absurdity of the breed specific legislation and the Dangerous Dogs Act, and is another lovely dog who has paid the price because of it."

A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs commented: “The laws on prohibited type dogs are there to protect people from types of dogs bred for fighting.”



A dog in Great Britain that was being trained for police work has been put to sleep after Dog Legislation Officers determined the dog to have physical characteristics of a pit bull.

The action proves that no matter the dog’s disposition, it is judged only for its appearance.

Avon and Somerset Police Department rescued Tyson from the RSPCA and worked with the dog for months training him to be a sniffing dog for the department.

Pit Bulls have been banned in the U.K. and Wales since 1991 under the Dangerous Dog Act.

There are no DNA tests to determine if a dog is a pit bull or pit bull mix since “pit bulls” are typically a various mix of breeds.

Dogs are typically labeled “pit bulls” by officers in jurisdictions where bans are in place by judging a number of different characteristics. In Miami, Fla., for example, an officer charged with enforcing the city’s ban uses a 47 point checklist with items such as body length, head size and markings.

Tyson was completing his training when he appeared on a local television show called Dog Rescuers.

After he was determined to be a pit bull mix, he was returned to the RSPCA’s West Hatch Rescue Centre, but because he was labeled a “dangerous breed,” the center had no choice but to put him to death.

"The outcome has devastated both police dog handlers and RSPCA staff who cared for and trained Tyson over a number of months,” the Avon and Somerset Police Department said in a statement.

The RSPCA added that the Breed Standard Laws "punishes certain types of dogs for the way they look and fails to consider a dog's individual behavior when determining whether or not they are dangerous.

"As a result, dogs whose behavior poses no risk are branded 'dangerous' just because of their appearance."

There are at least 57 municipalities in the United States with Breed Specific Legislation and the U.S. military has banned “pit bull type” dogs from its military housing.

Many of the leading animal welfare organizations, including Best Friends and the ASPCA denounce BSL.

“Although multiple communities have been studied where breed-specific legislation has been enacted, no convincing data indicates this strategy has succeeded anywhere to date,” the ASPCA position statement reads. “Conversely, studies can be referenced that evidence clear, positive effects of carefully crafted, breed-neutral laws It is, therefore, the ASPCA’s position to oppose any state or local law to regulate or ban dogs based on breed.”

The White House also took a stand against such laws last summer.


Tyson demonstrating his natural talents.

I am oh-so very certain the community was safer with this beautiful dog dead, instead of serving the public as a Detection Dog. *eye rolls* Training them is time-consuming and expensive, and it requires a very special dog to make the cut. They are such an incredible boon for any department that has them, and help people in so many ways. This is shameful in so many ways.
mastadge 22nd-Jul-2014 12:59 pm (UTC)
But policies based on physical traits have always worked out so well!

I wish instead of killing the dog the RSPCA had had the clout and the gumption to turn animal abuse legislation against the legislators, take this shit to court and argue the cruelty of condemning a demonstrably healthy, well-socialized, well-trained, helpful animal to death because it's got characteristics of a breed that looks scary. Take the numbers, point out to a judge that breed-specific legislation is not only useless but, as is clearly seen in cases like this, actually detrimental to society, and work to get these bullshit laws off the books.
synekdokee 22nd-Jul-2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
Aaaand I didn't read more than the headline before I thought "I bet it was a pitbull". Ridiculous.
moonshaz 23rd-Jul-2014 07:49 am (UTC)
I know, right? I automatically ASSUMED it was a pitbull without even really thinking about it. Like my brain translated the words "banned breed" to "pitbull" without any conscious thought on my part.

This whole thing is absolutely revolting.
qara_isuke 23rd-Jul-2014 08:05 am (UTC)
It makes sense, unfortunately. Because they are the most banned type of dog, so when we talk about a Breed Ban or BSL it is always about them.

It really is revolting, and a perfect example of how stupid these laws are. I cannot even begin to imagine what I would do if someone tried to come take my dogs away. There'd be blood, almost certainly.
frelling_tralk 22nd-Jul-2014 02:33 pm (UTC)
Utterly ridiculous! Even putting aside how wrong it is to put down a healthy dog, it also sounds like a real waste of tax payers money if they spend months on training him to be a sniffing dog.
qara_isuke 22nd-Jul-2014 02:55 pm (UTC)
It really is. Like I said, they are expensive to train and you really need a very special dog if you want one that is good at the job. It sounds like he was exceptional and would have gone on to great things, helped many people and saved lives as a K-9 officer.

I mean, you have expert trainers already vouching for his temperament and putting him through extensive obedience training far beyond a normal dog. A K-9 handler is far beyond an average owner, as well. It was an enormous waste, and a disservice to an amazing dog that deserved better.
policraticus 22nd-Jul-2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
No bad dogs, only bad owners.

This was obviously a highly trained animal, obedient and useful. This story is a testimony to human stupidity. The British, of all nations, should know better.

The laws on prohibited type dogs are there to protect people from types of dogs bred for fighting.

Dogs like, the English Mastiff? Or the English Bulldog?? The fucking icon of British pugnacity, tenacity and courage??? What has happened to the UK where these bloodless, thin lipped, tight-assed cunts get to run the country?

Edited at 2014-07-22 02:59 pm (UTC)
soleiltropiques 22nd-Jul-2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
"The British, of all nations, should know better."

LOL, um, no. /gotta love the jingoism

"What has happened to the UK where these bloodless, thin lipped, tight-assed cunts get to run the country?"

I'd encourage people to ignore you from now on, but I just thought it important to point out the horribly sexist tone.

Just to establish a history...

(1) http://ontd-political.livejournal.com/10944391.html?thread=664894599#t664894599
(2) http://ontd-political.livejournal.com/10948336.html?thread=664983792#t664983792
astridmyrna 22nd-Jul-2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
The British, of all nations, should know better.
What has happened to the UK where these bloodless, thin lipped, tight-assed cunts get to run the country?

Edited at 2014-07-22 08:57 pm (UTC)
policraticus 22nd-Jul-2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
1. They don't run the country.
2. They aren't thin lipped, tight-assed or cunts.
3. In fact, I don't doubt they would appreciate any good dog without worrying whether or not some thin-lipped tight-assed cunts think they are "scary."
soleiltropiques 22nd-Jul-2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I don't think he gets it...
astridmyrna 23rd-Jul-2014 02:39 am (UTC)
Ya got that right.
moonshaz 23rd-Jul-2014 07:52 am (UTC)
No shit. 8-O
kittymink 22nd-Jul-2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
aw. Sad.
wowsolovely 22nd-Jul-2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
One reason why I can't even daydream I will live in the UK. Not that the states are doing much better but I have a pitbull and I love him and I love this bread. I had to save one because they need saving my poor guy was abused and his body is giant scar but he's sweet and happy it sucks I currently live with my mom because I can't find anywhere to live where he isn't banned.
soleiltropiques 22nd-Jul-2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
There is no justification for breed specific laws.

One of my parents' neighbors had the sweetest, gentlest pibble, but was forced to give him up because my parents' municipality did not permit people to have them. It was so sad.

This story is really sad.

(Edited for clarity)

Edited at 2014-07-22 06:14 pm (UTC)
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qara_isuke 23rd-Jul-2014 04:46 am (UTC)
It is pretty odd, I will admit. It seems that they ban American Pit Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers......but Staffordshire Bull Terriers are fine. The three are closely-related cousins, just the Staffie is smaller and built a bit more like a Bulldog. But in terms of temperament, they are similar and most breed bans cover all three main members of the Bull-and-Terrier family.

It seems to me like, essentially, they decided he wasn't short and squat enough. So he had to die. Which is insane.
moonbladem 22nd-Jul-2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
This is heartbreaking and just wrong. :/

Breed specific legislation is just bullshit.
chloe1910 23rd-Jul-2014 04:39 am (UTC)
This is really sad T_T
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