VIDEO: Dangerous Dogo Argentino dogs seized in Grimsby raid
A MAN has been arrested after four dangerous dogs – each deemed capable of causing life-threatening injuries – were seized from a house in Grimsby.
Four adult dogs, believed to be Dogo Argentino, and a litter of two-week-old puppies were discovered at an address in Chelmsford Avenue early yesterday afternoon.
They were seized by Humberside Police and taken into kennels until a formal veterinary examination and identification process is carried out.
A 56-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession and breeding dangerous dogs.
Sergeant Martin Hopper, who covers south ward, said it was the first time the breed has been discovered in Humberside – and only a handful of the dogs have ever been found in the UK.
He added: "We executed a search warrant under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 after we received information that prohibited animals were being kept on the premises.
"We found four adult dogs in kennels at the rear of the property, including one mother with a litter of puppies.
"Although these appear to be in good health and have no visible injuries, the breed is bred for fighting and they are dangerous.
"I would urge anybody who believes there are dangerous dogs living in their neighbourhood to report it to police.
"If one of these dogs did escape they could cause people life- threatening injuries."
Dangerous dogs seized at Grimsby home
The Dogo Argentino is banned in the UK under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and can only be kept in by owners with an exemption certificate from the secretary of state.
If the seized dogs are identified as Dogo Argentino, their owner will be charged and a date for him to appear in court will be set.
Humberside Police's canine legislation officer, Sergeant Dave Jenkins, confirmed there were two dogs and two bitches at the property, as well as six puppies.
He added: "These dogs are incredibly strong. I think they are the strongest I have ever dealt with."
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA confirmed officers were helping police with the raid in case of any welfare issues concerning the dogs.