A PIT Bull dog, banned by the Dangerous Dogs Act, has been granted a reprieve – after police agreed that the beloved family pet was safe.
Kelly Edwards, defending, said owner, Nicholas Sandland, had believed his dog, Chocker, was a legal breed when he bought him over a decade ago.
“This is a family dog,” she said. “It was purchased 10 years ago, and there have never been any issues.
“This is a dog which is kept safe and secure by the defendant and his mother.
“There have been no complaints of aggressive or intimidating behaviour.
Police seized Chocker on, who had been left with a friend while Sandland was on holiday, June 5 - after an anonymous tip off.
The animal, which has remained at police kennels ever since, was then given a thorough examination.
“During the examination, Chocker remained sociable throughout,” said Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting.
“He showed no signs of guarding behaviour.”
Mr Stoddart said the examining officer found Chocker could be returned to his owner, on the condition he was going to a safe and secure home.
But there would be no alternative than to destroy the ‘extremely powerful’ dog if Sandland, 25, of Culey Walk, Chelmsley Wood, did not prove to be responsible.
Magistrates handed Sandland, who admitted possessing a dangerous dog, a destruction contingency order for Chocker, which means the canine must be chipped, insured, and issued with a certificate of exemption, or the animal can be put down. Sandland was also ordered to pay £160 in fines and costs.