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Animal welfare
Responsibility for seized dogs
  1. Kendal Shepherd
  1. 48a High Street, Woodford, Kettering, Northants NN14 4HF
  1. e-mail: kendal{at}

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As a veterinary behaviourist, I am frequently instructed to assess dogs that have been seized under the dangerous dogs legislation (Dangerous Dogs Act 1991) and, less frequently, dogs taken into police care owing to welfare concerns (Animal Welfare Act 2006). Whenever possible I obtain a full medical and behavioural history from the owners before the dog’s seizure. Without such history, one cannot be sufficiently informed to fully analyse a dog’s behaviour at the time of an assessment and provide as accurate a prognosis as possible, in order to inform the courts.1

It is of great concern that owners of seized dogs are generally …

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