Illegal pit bull spared death sentence because it is 'nice'
AN ILLEGAL pit bull has been spared a death sentence after a court heard it had a "nice temperament".
Magistrates ordered owner Lucie Mennis to keep pet Charlie muzzled and on a lead in a public.
But they did not rule that the American pit-bull type should be put down – though it is banned under the Dangerous Dog Act of 1991.
Police applied to city magistrates to have the dog destroyed, but agreed for a contingent order under the legislation.
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It allows Lucie Mennis to keep Charlie, providing she sticks to a series of strict conditions.
Miss Mennis, aged 21, of King Street in Stonehouse, admitted to the court that Charlie was an American pit-bull type.
Chris Rendell, making the application for the Devon and Cornwall force, said: "An officer has examined the dog and says it is of a nice temperament.
"There have been no complaints about the dog and it is not judged to be a danger to the public."
He added the dog had been seized by the police but would be returned if the owner met the terms of the court order.
Magistrates ordered that Miss Mennis should obtain third-party insurance for 'Charlie' and have him microchipped, so it can be identified. The dog must be kept securely so that it cannot escape and always be kept on a lead and muzzled when in public. Only a person aged over 16 can be in control of the dog.
Charlie must be logged on the Index for Exempted Dogs.
If Miss Mennis does not abide by the conditions, Charlie shall be put down.