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Pet owner wins fight to save dog

Zeke
Zeke was seized in June last year

A Nottinghamshire man has won a legal battle to get his pet back after it was seized more than a year ago under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Jason Singh took his case to Nottingham Magistrates' Court which ruled that his pet dog Zeke was not a type of pit bull terrier.

The pet will be handed back to his owner by Rushcliffe Borough Council.

"Zeke is clearly a delightful, friendly dog and shows no sign of aggression at all," Judge Morris Cooper said.

The court found that Mr Singh's pet was not a prohibited animal under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act and ordered that it be returned to him.

A Rushcliffe Borough Council statement said it was disappointed at the decision, adding it had not argued that the dog was dangerous but that it was a banned breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Mr Singh of Greenacre, Edwalton, said his dog Zeke is not a banned pit bull terrier, but a cross with a Dogue de Bordeaux, a type of French mastiff.

"It has been over a year - and it's been absolute hell but it's been worth it and I've had a lot of people supporting me," Mr Singh said.

The dog was seized in June 2007.




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