Family left devastated as eight-month-old dog dies from parvovirus while in police kennel after it was seized over fears it was banned Pitbull Terrier
The owners of a dog that died after being seized by police over fears it was a banned Pitbull Terrier are demanding an autopsy of their ‘loving bouncing boy’.
Gina Beggs and Marc Culley, of Withernsea, 东约克郡, say they want ‘justice’ for eight-month-old Jax, after the pup died of a deadly virus while under police care.
Jax had been taken by Humberside Police on May 2, after the force received a report that he had a brown nose like a Pitbull.
Police have the power to seize any dog suspected of being one of four banned breeds in the UK, including the Pitbull Terrier, Fila Brasiliero, Dogo Argentino and the Japanese Tosa.
They are taken to police kennels where they are assessed. If they are found to be a banned breed they are destroyed.
If they are found to not be a banned breed, they are returned to their owners.
In exceptional cases, if the case goes to magistrate’s court and a banned dog is deemed to not be dangerous, a judge can issue a certificate which allows the owners to keep their pet, but they must be muzzled and remain on the lead in public.
Jax’s breed was never established as he died before he was fully assessed.
Gina Beggs and Marc Culley, of Withernsea, 东约克郡, say they want ‘justice’ for two-year-old Jax (一起画), after the pup reportedly died of a deadly virus while under police care
Jax (图为) had been taken by Humberside Police on May 2, after the force was alerted that he had a brown nose like a pitbull
什么是危险犬法? 哪些狗被禁止? 为什么会引起争议?
危险犬法 1991 禁止或限制某些类型的狗，并规定允许任何品种的狗危险地失控是犯罪行为.
被介绍了 30 几年前，内政大臣肯尼斯·贝克（Kenneth Baker）“让这个国家摆脱这些斗犬的威胁’ 在一连串的攻击之后.
该法律还将上述四种狗的杂交品种定为犯罪 – 检测猎物并优化其狩猎性能的能力 一只狗是否被禁止将取决于对其身体特征的判断, 以及它们是否符合被禁止的“类型”的描述.
如果您允许您的狗杀死某人，您可能会被送进监狱长达 14 年或无限罚款.
然而, 大都会警察局的数据表明，在涉及“危险失控的狗”的事件中, 违禁品种约占犯罪的五分之一.
Mr Culley said Jax was taken to the police kennels in Hull and that he was told ‘he was doing fine and settling in well.’
‘The dog assessor made a comment about Jax being one of the most well tempered dogs he’d had to seize,’ 他加了.
‘We then got a call on May 11, to say that Jax had caught parvovirus and he’d become poorly.
‘Apparently four or five other dogs in the kennel have also caught it.
‘We were told that Jax was responding to the medication but then were informed that Jax was in a lot of pain and passed away.
‘We’ve put in a request for Jax’s body to not be destroyed. We want an autopsy.’
The family described Jax as a ‘loving bouncing boy that would never hurt anyone’.
‘We feel lost without him and want to find out what’s gone on,’ Ms Beggs said.
Mr Culley added: ‘I’ve had dogs all my life and we have other dogs in the house that Jax never had a problem with. We just want justice for our boy.’
Humberside Police have said they are currently working closely with the kennels to ensure the required precautions are taken to ensure the safety and care of all other dogs at the facility Jax was in and making contact with all owners of dogs in the kennels.
Superintendent Lee Edwards said: ‘We fully understand the distress that will have been caused following the death of Jax. Dogs are very much a part of our families and we offer our condolences to the owners.
‘Legislation exists that permits officers to seize dogs if reports are received that they are a suspected banned breed, are potentially dangerous or have been involved in an incident that resulted in injury.
‘The decision to seize dogs is never taken lightly and it is only completed to allow for a full assessment by an appropriately trained officer..
‘This is to ensure both the dog’s wellbeing and to protect the public and members of the community.
‘We work in partnership with a private dog kennels who provide care and accommodation to support the needs of dogs after they are seized.
‘We always try to work with the dog owners sensitively to assess and ensure the welfare and care of each dog thoroughly, with health screening and vaccinations provided as part of an initial assessment at the kennels.
‘The kennels have advised the infection parvovirus has recently been identified at the facility, which sadly Jax contracted and despite receiving specialist veterinary care, passed away on Wednesday evening.
‘We are working closely with the kennels to make sure all relevant precautions are taken to ensure the safety and care of all other dogs at the facility and making contact with all owners of dogs in the kennels.’
Killer canine parvovirus is highly contagious
Canine parvovirus (CPV or commonly referred to as ‘parvo’) is one of the most serious viruses that dogs can get, but it is preventable with proper vaccination.
The virus is hard to kill, can live for a long time in the environment, and is shed in large quantities by infected dogs.
The virus is also highly contagious, which is why the parvo vaccine is considered a core vaccine for puppies and dogs.
Parvo is an infectious DNA virus that primarily affects the rapidly dividing cells of the body, meaning that the intestinal tract and bone marrow are the worst affected.
An infected dog will start to show symptoms within three to seven days of infection. An infected puppy will often show lethargy as the first sign, and they may not want to eat. They will also often have a fever.
As the virus progresses, your dog will begin to suffer from severe vomiting and diarrhoea. Severely sick puppies may collapse and have a high heart rate and hypothermia due to the degree of dehydration and infection.
The highest risk of death occurs around 24-72 hours after you see the symptoms of parvo in dogs. If a puppy is hospitalised, given lots of supportive care, and monitored closely, the survival rate is around 75-80%. Survival is more difficult if the dog is not given veterinary attention quickly after showing clinical signs, or if the dog is not hospitalized with sufficient supportive care