Updated: Two charged for breeding and supplying dangerous pitbulls

Barnstaple police station

Barnstaple police station - Credit: Archant

A man and woman have been arrested on suspicion of breeding the illegal pit bull type dogs after four were seized from their home in Newport, Barnstaple.

TWO people have been charged with breeding and supplying dangerous pitbull dogs in Barnstaple.

Steven Tewkesbury, 52 and Tracey Tewkesbury, 48, of Jordan Close, Newport, had been remanded on bail to appear at North Devon Magistrates’s Court on April 19.

Police seized four dogs at the address after conducting a warrant under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Detective Inspector Praveen Naidoo, of Barnstaple CID, said: “Devon and Cornwall Police take offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act seriously.

“Dangerous dog breeds cause significant concern within the community and we will act positively when offences are suspected under this legislation.”

Certain types of dog can only be kept if made exempt by a court order.

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Once a dog has been identified as a pit bull type, the animal can be returned once the court is satisfied that it will not be a danger to the public.

If a pit bull type dog is returned it is on strict conditions and must be micro-chipped, tattooed, insured, neutered, muzzled in public, kept on a lead and held by someone 16 or over.

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