I Thought Pit Bull Terriers Were Banned Here in the UK?

In a news paper I was reading it said how a dad and his 14 year old son were attacked by their family pet a (pit bull terrier).

Also my local rescue centre has an American pit bull puppy for adoption; I thought they were banned, oh and a neighbor of my friend has one too but they got rid of it as it ripped the ear off of their west highland terrier.

If they are banned here in the UK why do so many people still have them?
The types of people who want to own them here turn them into evil pets like this:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1229190/Pictured-The-shocking-moment-guide-dog-savagely-attacked-pit-bull.html

Because the DD Act is not being enforced by the police/RSPCA/dog wardens, the people that own them are breaking the law in black market breeding/fighting/selling them and neighbours are not reporting them for fear of being targeted/bullied.

I was at a rescue centre late last year, on display was a Pit Bull which had been picked up…..I asked about it and was told it was a ‘staffie’ by one of the volunteers and said I needed to give her my details and come back that afternoon and speak with the manager if I was interested in ‘adopting’ it……… she didn’t know me….I do a lot of work for that rescue, so I phoned the manager to find out what was going on, the dog had a great temperament however it is an illegal breed and in the wrong hands deadly, also not neutered so a possible breeding stud. I was informed that they had it on display, it would not be adopted by anyone, however the police who had picked it up wandering the streets wanted to see if the owner or friends of the owner came to collect it for obvious reasons….so maybe that is what they do across rescue services Nationwide, I don’t know, however the national rescue services like RSPCA are not going to risk losing their income from the local government with illegally rehoming or the Dogs Trust ( part of the KC) in bad publicity.

The law can only be enforced if the public report and if they did then the many legal bully breed owners would not be having such a hard time when out in public with their legally owned and more than often well mannered dogs.
Banning a breed is not the answer, so Pits and Pit types is at the descression of the law enforcer, it is a bad law, however a law all the same.

Pit Bulls illegal in the UK…yes they are, however there are still regular and a huge amount of dog fighting in the UK attended by ‘people’ from all over the World…dogs coming into the country via Dublin Sth Ireland, across the border to NI and over in cars on the ferry to the mainland………about 3 years ago one fight attended by over 400 people was raided only 500 yards from my property and I had no idea it was going on until 6 weeks prior to the raid( informed by the police), over 900 dogs were brought out of there ( also a puppy farm for several breeds and a baiting centre) two fighting pits dug, DIY medical room to stitch up their dogs, an execution/electrocution ‘room’ along with burger and alcohol bar and a gambling ‘booth’ all very well organised……it was horrific…..and what happened to the organisers, the got bail and skipped off the Spain, 1 year later on arriving back they were fined £300 each with suspended sentencing…….and the dogs PTS, the puppy farmed breeds sent all over the UK for re-homing by the RSPCA, 10 of my customers got one of them and not one survived more than 18 months because of their health issues.

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  • *Bluemoose* HoT Thrower

    Because people always flaunt the law I suppose. Especially when it comes to something like the pet someone wants to keep, they tend to disregard the law. A lot of people know they aren’t dangerous dogs but a few idiots ruin it for everyone.

    Ferrets are banned as pets in California where I live but tons of people still have them.
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  • CatWings: Fly free little kitty

    Just because the law say no pits doesn’t mean that people are not going to still have them.
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  • ~ La vita è misterioso ~

    They’re illegal, but so are drugs and weapons, yet how many people still have them?

    I wonder why you bother to mention them if you’ve nothing nice to say about them . . . . ?
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  • ieatgreensheep

    A lot of people get them for the image – they’re more bad a$s than Staffy’s since they’re illegal.

    But some people just get them because they’re a great breed that shouldn’t be banned and still have a passion for them even though they shouldn’t have them in the eyes of the law.
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  • ?BYBs are money grabbing idiots?

    Some one i know has a pit bull terrier hes 14 and a real sweetie some just slipped through the net some are being Illegally bred know that for a fact

    People dont listen to anything buying alcohol here,is 21 but you get shop keepers that sell it to 15 and 16 year olds its like anything in life theres always a way around it
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  • Rayven ~ Life’s a B

    Because people break the law all the time and because this like many animal laws aren’t policed all that much. Why? Because animal control doesn’t have the time, money and man power to to go around making sure every single law is followed and at the end of the end of the day unless someone is making a big enough fuss or the animal does something they aren’t going to care.
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  • - Lydia -

    There are some that are still in the UK and people still breed them. The UK has not put there foot down properly in my opinion. They were banned, I think in 1991!
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  • Alee C

    I’m sure that dog in the picture is yours, and I’m sure you live him or her very much. I myself disagre with BSL. I believe that banning a vertaon breed of dog is ridiculous and downright malicious. Why kill a dog due solely to its breed? Education not discrimination. I firmly believe that BSL does not reduce the number of dog attacks. The education of og owners, children and the public in general would however aid in reducing this number.

    I don’t believe certain breeds are more aggressive then others. Sure bigger dogs are POTENTIALLY more dangerous, as they can cause more dammage, however they are not more aggressive. The breed of dog that I’ve met that is the most aggressive, I would say is the Chihuahua. There are more chihuahua bites each year then pitbull bites, however what is a better headline, chihuahua attacks baby, or pitbull attacks baby?

    Should we therefore ban Chihuahuas? You see the media is putting an image in our heads about pitbulls, half the ”pitbull” stories you hear are not even about pitbulls but other breeds.

    Please don’t hate or discriminate! Spread the word, EDUCATION NOT DISCRIMINATION!
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  • Aphrodite *Dobe uses a PRONG

    Take a closer look at your law.
    Ours here in Ontario says "pit bulls" – too bad there is no such breed called a pit bull so you can provide them with a DNA test and show them that it is in fact not a pit bull – great little loophole in my opinion.

    Also, just because they’re banned – does not mean if you have one in your possession it automatically has to be euthanized. I believe the law only bans the importing of these dogs and breeding. So unless you are caught doing any of these things, the law is pretty useless – again I’m referring to the BSL in Ontario.

    Just because a dog may look like an APBT, does not mean it is.
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  • Maxi

    Because the DD Act is not being enforced by the police/RSPCA/dog wardens, the people that own them are breaking the law in black market breeding/fighting/selling them and neighbours are not reporting them for fear of being targeted/bullied.

    I was at a rescue centre late last year, on display was a Pit Bull which had been picked up…..I asked about it and was told it was a ‘staffie’ by one of the volunteers and said I needed to give her my details and come back that afternoon and speak with the manager if I was interested in ‘adopting’ it……… she didn’t know me….I do a lot of work for that rescue, so I phoned the manager to find out what was going on, the dog had a great temperament however it is an illegal breed and in the wrong hands deadly, also not neutered so a possible breeding stud. I was informed that they had it on display, it would not be adopted by anyone, however the police who had picked it up wandering the streets wanted to see if the owner or friends of the owner came to collect it for obvious reasons….so maybe that is what they do across rescue services Nationwide, I don’t know, however the national rescue services like RSPCA are not going to risk losing their income from the local government with illegally rehoming or the Dogs Trust ( part of the KC) in bad publicity.

    The law can only be enforced if the public report and if they did then the many legal bully breed owners would not be having such a hard time when out in public with their legally owned and more than often well mannered dogs.
    Banning a breed is not the answer, so Pits and Pit types is at the descression of the law enforcer, it is a bad law, however a law all the same.

    Pit Bulls illegal in the UK…yes they are, however there are still regular and a huge amount of dog fighting in the UK attended by ‘people’ from all over the World…dogs coming into the country via Dublin Sth Ireland, across the border to NI and over in cars on the ferry to the mainland………about 3 years ago one fight attended by over 400 people was raided only 500 yards from my property and I had no idea it was going on until 6 weeks prior to the raid( informed by the police), over 900 dogs were brought out of there ( also a puppy farm for several breeds and a baiting centre) two fighting pits dug, DIY medical room to stitch up their dogs, an execution/electrocution ‘room’ along with burger and alcohol bar and a gambling ‘booth’ all very well organised……it was horrific…..and what happened to the organisers, the got bail and skipped off the Spain, 1 year later on arriving back they were fined £300 each with suspended sentencing…….and the dogs PTS, the puppy farmed breeds sent all over the UK for re-homing by the RSPCA, 10 of my customers got one of them and not one survived more than 18 months because of their health issues.
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  • Marshal

    i have a american pitbull and i live in england and the police know my dog is a pit.
    yes pits are banned and so are a lot of other things in the uk that you see everyday.
    there are a lot of banned dogs you see everyday in england not just the pit.
    but from what i saw on a program on bbc 3 a few months ago.
    the police can’t take away every banned dog cause its not on there top of the list, but they will take away a banned dog if you have been arrested for unsocial behavior.
    also the rspca have a few pit’s for adoption.

    but yes the laws on having banned dogs in england is not that strong.
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  • ? Memphis Belle ?

    American Pit Bull Terriers are now a banned breed *but* when the law came into force, there was an exemption which was designed to mitigate against the harshness of the ban for an owner who had the breeds prior to them becoming illegal.

    The owner were required to register their dogs & have them neutered, chipped & tattooed. The exemption was not designed for people who purchased a breed which was already illegal to own & *then* wanted to register it.

    As far as I am aware, an owner has to apply to the court now to be legally granted an exemption.

    All banning a breed achieves is to drive breeding it underground, prevent responsible breeder from breeding dogs with the true temperament of the breed & make if far more likely that temperamentally unsound dogs will be sold to owners who may then fail to train their dog & control its behavior.

    Illegal breeds can still be purchased by someone intent on owning one, as if there is a demand, an irresponsible back yard breeder, will bred dogs to supply it. Poorly bred dogs are likely to have cr*p genetic inheritance, which in turn means weak temperaments, which is against the breed standard.

    What is needed is for the courts to have harsher penalties to hand down to owners whose dogs cause death or serious bodily harm & not condemn entire breeds, which if responsible bred & owned would not be a nuisance or threat to anyone.
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  • Mattiepugh

    Your post is wrong, very misleading and shows you know very little about the pitbull bread, the dangerous dogs act and what type of people own these breads. Bit of advise, stop reading too many newspapers and read up on facts. I have owned all sorts of dogs which by fools are classed as dangerous. Did you know 90% of reported ‘pitbull’ attacks are not pitbulls. Its the owners not the breed. IF pitbulls were banned it would be another breed. FACT. Please get your facts right before posting things like this. Very poor.

  • Charliestaff

    Worst post ever! Sad to see dog lovers judging other breeds, especially with no truthful or factual information.. Humans make breeds what they are!! A dog won’t naturally be aggressive without bad owners!
    Love my pit bull wouldn’t have any other breed.. Loyal, friendly, clever, happy.. List is endless.

    • Lilfar

      hi there i know this is out the blue but im worried as i own a pit and would like to know the rules on owning 1 as worried i will lose her please help

  • Coley_sweetpea

    very very untrue discription of this beautiful breed, and 90% of their owners…. here in the U.K as you put it, not everyone looks for a pitbull to turn them into evil pets???? that is a total joke…. where do you get your statistics from pitbullhaters.com… and if you do a lot for rescue then shouldnt that apply to all breeds??? does this mean you dont like or rescue jacks as they are snappy or little yappy dogs because they are aggressive and dominant ect ect… no because they are not, it is almost always how they are raised socialised ect… you know like carrying them round in a handbag !!!! so please go away and do some research on this breed before you spout your mouth off