Dog Abandoned On London Bus

'Buster'.The Staffie – nicknamed ‘Bus-ter’ – is said to be “shocked and very scared” after being dumped on the 158 to Stratford.

A bus depot worker has appealed for someone to give a new home to a dog abandoned on a London bus.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross was found sitting alone by the driver of the 158 to Stratford on Thursday night.

The bus was taken out of service to the Stagecoach garage in West Ham, but the dog refused to get off.

Staff fed and kept him warm until he could be collected by Newham Council’s animal welfare team on Friday morning.

Bus depot worker Ricky Hatton took a picture of the dog and put it on social media in the hope a new home could be found.

He told Sky News: “When I arrived around 6.30am he’d been there all night. Very scared, but not aggressive.

“I gave him food, water and my bodywarmer. I nicknamed him Bus-ter.

“(He) seemed in shock. I’m hoping he’s found a new loving home.”

Bus driver Amos Paul Mak reportedly posted on Facebook that he wanted to take the dog home but it was against regulations “in case he bites”.

A Newham Council spokesperson told Sky News: “This dog is currently being looked after by our animal welfare team while we try to locate its owner.

“If anyone recognises this dog, please contact the team on 020 8586 9739.”

Article taken from: http://news.sky.com/story/1687613/sleeping-ruff-dog-abandoned-on-london-bus


Police seize 5,000 ‘dangerous dogs’ over three years

Almost 5,000 dogs suspected of being banned breeds have been seized by police in England and Wales over the past three years.

The RSPCA wants the Dangerous Dogs Act to be changed so dogs are banned on the basis of behaviour not breed.

The government said the ban on certain breeds was “crucial”, but said any dog can become dangerous with bad owners.

Breeds banned under the 1991 act include pitbull terriers, Japanese tosas and Argentine mastiffs.

The figures were released to BBC South East following a series of Freedom of Information requests.

Dangerous dogs

4,757 banned breeds seized by police over past three years

  • Met Police seized the most dogs in England and Wales
  • Four breeds banned in UK – pitbull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Argentine mastiff and Brazilian mastiff
  • Ownership of banned breed is illegal unless a specific exemption is granted by a court
It comes as the Metropolitan Police prepares to put down 300 illegal dogs seized from owners this year.
Samantha Gaines, from the RSPCA, said the assessment process for banned breeds was hugely problematic as it is based on appearance, not genetic heritage.

“It does mean that any dog – regardless of its heritage can be [classed as a] pitbull terrier if its appearance is similar enough,” she explained.

“There is no robust evidence which shows pitbull terriers are any more likely to show aggression than any other breed of dog.”

However Kerry Stevens, from Eastbourne, who was attacked 18 months ago, said all pitbull type dogs should be banned.

She said: “I don’t trust them at all, the damage done to me could’ve killed a toddler.”

The attack happened when she went to drop off an item she had sold to a stranger online.

“I thought it was friendly and went to stroke it – basically it bit and bit, and bit around the top of my leg,” she said.

“It then pushed me to the ground and then I felt it lock its jaws. I knew then I was in trouble.

“It has made my leg look deformed and it’s something I’ll never be able to get back again.”

Following its seizure, the dog was destroyed by a vet.

Since 1997, some dogs can be exempt from the ban if a court deems the animal is not a danger to the public.

Samantha Holden’s dog Bud was nearly destroyed after it was identified as a pitbull by Kent Police last year.

Ms Holden, who believed the dog was a Staffordshire bull terrier, said: “We never had any concerns [over the dog’s behaviour].

“It went to court… and we won him back.”

However, she said she has to comply with strict rules, including muzzling him at all times in public.

“As long as I stick to the rules everything should be fine,” she said.

Index of Exempted Dogs (IED)

Pitbull terrierImage copyrightGetty Images

If a dog is banned but the court thinks it is not a danger to the public, it may put it on the IED enabling its owner to keep it.

That dog must be:

  • Neutered
  • Microchipped
  • Kept on a lead and muzzled at all times when in public
  • Kept in a secure place so it cannot escape

Source: http://www.gov.uk

A spokesman from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said: “Dog attacks can have horrific consequences for victims and families.

“While any dog can become dangerous if it is kept by irresponsible owners in the wrong environment, the prohibition of certain types of dog under the Dangerous Dogs Act is crucial to help us deal with the heightened risk they pose.”

Humberside, Merseyside, Lancashire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire police forces either provided incomplete data or declined the FoI requests.

Article taken from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36031843