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Man arrested in dog fight ring bust


One of the pit bull-type dogs seized in the police and RSPCA raid

MAN was arrested and a dog seized by police investigating organised dog fighting.
Officers visited nine addresses in Birmingham last week and the 25-year-old was held on suspicion of possessing a dangerous dog, believed to be a pit bull terrier. Twelve others were served notices ordering them to keep hold of their dogs while investigations continue.
Three people were arrested on drugs offences and a quantity of drugs and money was also recovered.

West Midlands Police and the RSPCA carried out the raids at addresses in the Handsworth and Lozells districts last Tuesday. RSPCA officers carried out microchipping on a number of the animals to secure their owners’ identities and link them to the dogs.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said veterinary equipment was seized from several addresses which could be used for treating injured animals without them having to visit a vet.
Acting Sgt Hannah Searley, from West Midlands Police, said: ‘The joint operation with the RSPCA is to highlight the concerns the public have about pit bull-type dogs and their use in illegal fighting. Dog fighting is a cruel and barbaric sport and information shows that the problem is often linked to criminality.’

She added that they would be issuing leaflets in the surrounding areas appealing to people to contact them if they suspect illegal dog fighting may be taking place.

Last month 22-year-old Adio Clarke, from Handsworth, was jailed for four months after admitting four charges relating to illegal dogs. West Midlands Police discovered 11 pit bull terriers, which are banned under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act. The dogs had all been used for dog fighting and were later destroyed, as they could not be rehomed under the law.