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Pit bull men named

TWO MEN from Kirklees, West Yorkshire have been named following the seizure of four illegal pit bull terriers by police under the terms of the Dangerous Dogs Act.

The pair, believed to be John Powney from Liversedge and Lee Hanson from Heckmondwike were led away by police after raids in which four dogs were seized. Both were named by a Sunday paper as part of an investigation by the paper into the sale of dangerous dogs.

The newspaper said that Powney offered undercover reporters a pit bull called Arnie in a Huddersfield car park and that Hanson showed its reporters dogs caged in a bathroom. The newspaper said it consequently tipped off West Yorkshire Police and officers wearing riot gear searched Powney's home the next day before leading him away. West Yorkshire Police have since stated they believe the dogs to be pit bull terriers.

The two men have been reported for summons for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act and will appear before magistrates in Dewsbury at a date to be fixed. Police have released photographs of the dogs they seized - one of which is a puppy.

Kirklees police commander Chief Supt Barry South said: ‘While the majority of dogs are kept as genuine pets, we accept there are some dogs out there that cause concern to the community and these dogs are sometimes being bred or kept illegally. We would stress that it is only a minority of dogs involved, but if people do have concerns they should contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

‘It is important to note that in the UK dangerous dogs are classified by type, not by breed label.

This means that whether a dog is considered dangerous, and therefore prohibited, will depend on a judgement about its physical characteristics and whether they match the description of a prohibited type. This assessment of the physical characteristics is made by a court.’