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Dangerous Dogs 15 January 2007

There has been discussion in the media about dangerous dogs following a tragic death in the UK. The protection provided by the Dogs Act 1990 has been mentioned.

As a further clarification to the public, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry advise that as an additional safeguard, there is also a prohibition on the import of the type of dog commonly known as the Pit Bull Terrier and the type of dog commonly known as the Japanese Tosa (or Tosa) under the Wild Animals (Restriction on Importation, etc.) Act 1980.

This came into force on 19 June 1991 and includes the importation of such animals into the Island from the United Kingdom. Anyone in possession of one of these dogs, imported after that date would be in breach of the Act.

Contact name: Richard Selman, Wildlife and Conservation Division

Telephone number: 842335


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