Danger dog must be kept on lead

A MAN has been allowed to keep his dangerous dog – providing he keeps it on a lead.

Joe Sowden, 18, from Rastrick, admitted owning a pitbull terrier, which is covered by the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Anyone owning a dog covered by that act must have an exemption certificate giving them permission to keep it.

Sowden admitted not having the certificate. He told Calderdale Magistrates' Court he bought the dog thinking it was a Staffordshire bull terrier from a man he did not know.

Sowden was spotted by police on September 29 last year walking the dog on Field Lane, Rastrick. He was questioned and ran away from the officers.

The dog, three-year-old Eddie, was seized at Sowden's home on October 1.

Magistrates said he could keep the dog if he applied for an exemption certificate that would specify conditions such as keeping the dog on a lead and muzzled.

Sowden said: "I just want Eddie back. I would be happy if I could have him back muzzled."

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of 85.