A Chow dog which was seized by officers under the Dangerous Dogs Act, after biting an officer twice, has been returned to its owners who have agreed to a Voluntary Control Order, Northamptonshire Police have said.
A specialist dog handler met with the family this evening and having assessed the conditions and obtained agreement on the VCO, established that the dog could be returned.
It is the responsibility of all dog owners to ensure their pets are under control and don’t present a danger to the wider public at any time.
Chief Superintendent Chris Hillery, said: “We understand that the actions taken on this occasion have generated significant public opinion on the proportionality of the officer’s actions. To be absolutely clear I fully support the officers’ actions in this case, the dog was unattended in a live carriageway and was aggressive to those present resulting in the officer being bitten and receiving injuries that required hospital attention
“In addition the decision made by the officer was in the context of some very real and serious cases involving dog bites that have resulted in serious life changing injuries and even death locally and nationally. This accords with ensuring we protect people from harm."
“The potential risk posed by the dog at that time is not diminished by its age or that it was frightened."