Couple’s rottweilers may be destroyed

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THE owners of three rottweiler dogs have been ordered to keep them under control or face having them seized and destroyed.

Hull Council has obtained a court order placing a number of restrictions on dogs owned by a couple in Wansbeck Road following a series of complaints by residents.

These included the animals attacking other dogs, not being under control while being walked, and getting loose from the couple’s garden.

The authority said it had applied for the order at Hull Magistrates’ Court after the Richardsons failed to comply with advice from the council’s dog warden team about how to manage the rottweilers.

“When this help failed to be implemented, the council was left with no option but to apply for a court order,” it said.

A contingency destruction order was placed on all three dogs, including the conditions that they must be muzzled when in public, only one dog can be walked by one person at a time, and the garden must be made secure to prevent the dogs from escaping.

If any of the conditions are breached the dogs can be removed and destroyed.

Coun John Hewitt, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and families, said: “Most dog owners in the city are responsible, appreciate the effect that an out of control dog can have and manage their dogs in a fit and proper way. By issuing this order we hope that these dogs’ behaviour can be addressed before any more serious incidents take place.”

The 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act enables action to be taken against dangerous dogs and anti-social behaviour by dog owners.

The black and tan rottweilers are a stocky breed originating from Rottweil in Germany, and is one of the oldest herding breeds. They were also used for stock protection.

They are now also used in search and rescue roles, as guide dogs for the blind, and as guard or police dogs.