Newspaper buys pit bull puppy with ease
A SUNDAY newspaper revealed how easy it is to acquire pure bred Pit Bull Terriers via the Internet – despite the sale or exchange of the breed being banned under the flawed 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act.
Daniel Jones and Simon Lennon, reporters for The People newspaper wrote last Sunday how they bought a banned Pit Bull Terrier ‘with worrying ease’. The reporters wrote: ‘A quick search on the internet revealed hundreds of online adverts from across Britain for the terrifying fighting dogs. We rang one dealer and he offered a pit bull puppy for £300, bragging the beast was, ‘like a gun - he is going to kill’.
On the phone, the dealer, named Andre, was careful not to refer to his puppies as Pit Bulls, telling the reporter: ‘They are bad boy dogs. You know what I am chatting about. Don't say those things on the phone. It's a bomb bloodline. Put that against any other dog and it's gone.’
The reporter met Andre and his female companion Tia on a council estate in West London. Jones and Lennon wrote: ‘ Pulling three puppies from under his coat, grinning Andre boasted: ‘They are fully pit. Look at the teeth.’ Asked if they would fight, Andre said: ‘Trust me. If I put them face-to-face now they'll start on each other. They are brothers but they want to kill each other. That's how much they like fighting.’ Tia chipped in: ‘If you want vicious, I would take one of these.
They're mental, man. They are mad.’ Andre said: ‘If any human comes near me with my dog, they're gone. Even the feds (the police) and that. They're aggressive, man. It's rough on this estate but you can walk in the middle of the road with that dog, no problem - it's like having a gun, mate.’
‘Andre pointed to one pup and said: ‘This dog is the sickest. He is going to kill.’ Andre also showed a picture of the pup's mum and said she had won five fights. Asked if he had the mother at his home, he replied: ‘No, she ain't with me. She's a dangerous dog, man. Can't keep that around.’
The investigators then bought a second Pit Bull in Sheffield. Who offered Pit Bull puppies for £150, promising they were ‘game’ - the dog fighting fraternity term for fighting dogs. An expert later confirmed to the reporters that the dogs they bought were Pit Bulls. They have since put them in responsible hands.
Regarding the failure of the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act to protect the public and prevent Pit Bulls from being bred and sold, The People article quotes Debbie Connolly, of SafePets UK, who said: ‘The People's investigation shows the Act is not working. There are hundreds of adverts like these. All the Act has done is make these dogs more attractive to people who are likely to play on their aggressive nature.’