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From the Doglaw website

"Back in November we told you there was a High Court case on Breed Specific Legislation regarding a dog called Sky. The advocates for the dog owner were Cathyrn McGahey QC and Pam Rose and the Solicitors were Wheldon Law. The judgment was handed down on 20th December.

It still remains a criminal offence have possession or custody of a non exempted Pit Bull Terrier type dog and it's still a criminal offence to give away or sell a Pit Bull Terrier type dog.

Such a dog can be exempted from the prohibition only if the Court finds that the dog would not constitute a danger to public safety - this assessment requires the Court to consider the temperament of the dog as well as whether the person to have the dog is fit and proper. The Court has said that the person must be either the owner or the person for the time being in charge of the dog (a phrase that is more commonly known as the keeper). So, when an owner can't have the dog, who can be the dog's registered keeper? The Court has said that the concept of being in charge 'relates to whether the person in question has responsibility for the dog' and it 'involves contact in the past or present. It cannot extend to the future'.

We will be presenting live webinars on Breed Specific Legislation when we will explain the law and it will include the practical implications of this judgment. Places cost £10 and the webinar will last up to an hour (incl some Q&A). Dates are : Thursday 25th Jan at 6pm and Friday 26th Jan at 11am. To book your place, go onto or call us during normal office hours on 0800 999 3647."


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