Yet another case in a string of breed-identity problems that have hit the news lately. I’m not familiar with the DNA test mentioned below; I do not know of any DNA test currently available (in the U.S.) that can identify purebred American Pit Bull Terriers (American Staffordshire Terrier is as close as it comes).
For folks who are wondering, “8 stone” is approximately 112 pounds. The dog in question is extremely large. Purebred male American Pit Bull Terriers do not typically exceed 70 pounds.
Campaign launched after pet seized under Dangerous Dogs Act
Published Date: 15 October 2009
By CATHERINE SALMOND
A HUGE campaign has been launched to save a pet dog from a death sentence after he grew into an illegal pit bull.
More than 1,500 signatures have been collected on petitions across Leith as four-year-old Leo is held on Death Row after being seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Leo’s owner, Craig Cunningham, 33, who lives in Fort House, said he had no idea his kind-natured pet was an American Pit Bull Terrier when he bought him as a 12-week-old supposed Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossbreed – and is urging the police to spare his life.[…]
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