Northants Police Defend Dog Capture

22 November 2018, 10:23 | Updated: 22 November 2018, 10:27

Bungle The Chow

A social media group has been formed to put pressure on Northants Police to free a captured Chow dog in Stoke Bruene south of Northampton, after the cornered puppy bit a police officer.

Police say the fluffy bear-like looking Chow dog, called Bungle, was seized by Northamptonshire Police under section 5(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, after an officer was bitten.

Northants Police say:

"The police officer was on route to another appointment when he became aware of a traffic hold up caused by a dog being loose in the road and potentially endangering road users.

The officer went to assist and while trying to catch the dog, he was bitten on the hand and arm.

The officer was not seriously hurt but attended hospital for precautionary checks, antibiotics and tetanus vaccination.

Public safety is the priority concern in such situations and as the owner was not present and there was continued risk, both to the safety of the dog and members of the public who were present at the time, the dog was seized under under S5 (1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 - giving police powers where a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place and having caused injury to a person."

An officer from the East Midlands Operational Support Service attended and seized the dog which is currently being looked after in secure kennels.

It will remain under the care of the Force’s Dog Legislation Officer while the full circumstances of the incident are investigated.

The Dog Legislation Officer is liaising with the dog’s owner while the investigation takes place and any aggravated offences under S3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 are explored."

Pic (c) Facebook/Bungle The Chow