Dog seized by the London Metropolitan Police? Call us.

The London Metropolitan Police and Dangerous Dog Law

The London Metropolitan Police are the biggest police force in the UK. They employ 33,000 police officers and 4,700 Police Community Support Officers who look after an area populated by 7.2 million people. It’s little wonder that whenever we hear about the work that the Met is doing, they’re stretched to capacity.

The good news is that the Metropolitan Police are very active in promoting Dangerous Dog law and safety. Their Safe site contains an entire section about the laws and rights surrounding dangerous dog ownership, tips for being a dangerous dog owner, and useful links to local charities and rescue shelters.

That said, we’ve come to understand that the Metropolitan Police are about to run an enforcement campaign against uninsured dogs. The last time an enforcement campaign like this was run was by the Merseyside Police in 2013, which resulted in 27 dogs being seized from their families and immediately killed.

We challenged that decision then, and we will challenge any decisions enacted by the police that leads to the unlawful and unwarranted destruction of any dogs. The rules have changed to make incidents like this less likely, but more and more it’s important to understand your rights and rules when it comes to owning banned breeds.

Exemptions for Dangerous Dogs

It’s vitally important for you and your four-legged friend to know and adhere to the current laws about prohibited dogs and ensure you stay on the right side of the Metropolitan Piece.

Your responsibilities as a dangerous dog owner in the London area are numerous. For instance, did you know that you need Third Party Insurance in place throughout your dog’s life? Not only that, but you need to ensure that the DEFRA dog index are issued a copy of the latest insurance certificate? We have a page detailing everything you need to know about the insurance requirements for exempt dogs.

Keep Calm. Don’t Sign. Get Advice

One thing we can’t stress enough is that if your dog is seized by the London Metropolitan Police is not to sign anything. There have been numerous incidents recently that dog owners have unknowingly signed forms that act as a declaration that your canine companion is illegal, meaning that the police can immediately put the dog to sleep.

Usually the court are the only people that can order a dog being destroyed, so if your dog is seized, keep calm and don’t sign. That way you aren’t accidentally passing ownership to the police, and keeping them bound by the written law when it comes to dangerous dogs. Your dog will be kept in kennels, and your next port of call should be to call us.

We’re Here for You

Prevention is better than the cure, and we’re here for you if you need any information about dangerous dog ownership. If you can’t find what you need on our section of dangerous dog ownership advice, we encourage you to get in touch today and let us help you with your case.