Suspected 'banned breed' dog seized during Barrow drugs raid

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Police dogs during a previous raid in Barrow
Police dogs during a previous raid in Barrow
13 August 2017 10:19AM

POLICE have revealed that a dog believed to be a banned breed was seized when officers found drugs worth £25,000 at a house in Barrow.

Two people were arrested after officers seized a stash of heroin worth around £25,000 from a house in Barrow on Thursday night.

Cumbria Police said a 40-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply the Class A drug heroin.

They were questioned by police and are since understood to have been charged.

The drugs were seized following the execution of a search warrant at a property in School Street in Barrow.

Police have since confirmed that a dog, suspected of being a banned breed under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, was also seized during the raid.

Two handlers from Cumbria Police's dog unit were involved in the raid and the unit has confirmed one dog was seized.

Section 1 covers the dog breeds: Japanese Tosa, Fila Brasiliero, Dogo Arengtino and Pit Bull Terrier.

It is illegal to own or be in possession of one of these breeds or breed types.

For a dog to be 'of type' such as 'the type known as the pit bull terrier' it must have a substantial number of characteristics of a pit bull terrier but does not need all of them.

This means that many cross breeds and even pure bred dogs of other legal breeds may be deemed to be 'of type'.

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