Status Dogs Unit to attend Notting Hill Carnival
The Status Dog Unit (SDU) alongside the RSPCA will be attending this years Notting hill Carnival in a bid to “stop dangerous dogs being taken to the event”.
Notting Hill Carnival, Brockham Park, Peckham Rye and Lovebox festivals are just some of the events the SDU attend each year often leading to responsible owners being deprived of their family pets. The SDU will be scouring the Carnival, keeping their beady eyes peeled for any dog that may vaguely resemble banned breeds regardless of the behaviour of the dog or owner. Owners of dogs deemed to fit the bill may find their dogs seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 before being whisked off to a secret location leaving the owners behind to fight through the courts for their return.
The SDU does have a “Leave at home” policy however they have stated they only intend to leave 10% of ALL dogs seized this year in their homes before court. That will equate to approx only 100 dogs by the end of this year, leaving the estimated 900 extra dogs to spend an average of 150 days incarcerated in kennels costing as much as £22 per dog per DAY.
Last year the Metropolitan police teamed up with the RSPCA and seized 21 dogs over the weekends festivities. Some of those dogs and owners where not attending the carnival itself but simply lived or walked through part of the carnival route as they made their way elsewhere. The cost of holding 21 dogs again this year could cost as much as £69,300 in kennel fees alone. It’s a good job we don’t have a problem with knife crime as I am sure 70k would go far to help that campaign…oh no…wait..
Still, if you don’t want your dog whisked off our advice is don’t attend the carnival, do not go anywhere near the route of the carnival. If your dog is seized and would like free confidential advice please call DDA Watch on 0844 844 2900 email firstname.lastname@example.org or join our facebook group http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=27193457689