Tuesday 10 January, police have seized two suspected pit-bull dogs in Highgate.

Officers from the Met Status Dogs Unit and Bruce Grove Safer Neighbourhoods Team, the borough lead on tackling dangerous dogs attended a flat in Highgate N6, in the early hours of the morning to carry out a warrant obtained under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Police seized two female dogs suspected to be pit-bulls.

A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of prohibited fighting dogs and taken to a north London police station. He has been bailed to return to police on 10 February pending examination of the dogs. Enquiries continue.

Bruce Grove Safer Neighbourhoods Team are leading Haringey’s response to dangerous dogs, after they became the first Safer Neighbourhoods team in the borough to have dangerous dogs set as a ward priority in response to concerns raised about dog behaviour in Lordship Recreation Ground and Downhills Park in Tottenham.

PC Kerry Davies, of Bruce Grove Safer Neighbourhoods Team, has been on attachment with the Met Status Dogs Unit which has helped her to gain an understanding of the initial stages of identifying possible prohibited breeds. She is Haringey’s dangerous dogs liaison officer and works with all 19 of the borough’s Safer Neighbourhoods Teams, response teams, dog handlers, the Met Status Dogs Unit, RSPCA and Haringey Council. Having one person operating as a single point of contact, helps the flow of information in order to deal with irresponsible owners wherever they live in the borough.

Bruce Grove Safer Neighbourhoods Team has been combining education with enforcement to tackle the issue of dangerous dogs and irresponsible dog ownership from every angle. Officers have been going into schools, parks and vets to help educate people about responsible dog ownership and encourage as many people as possible to report irresponsible and dangerous dog ownership to them.

Bruce Grove Safer Neighbourhoods Team Sergeant Matthew Casey, who leads on Haringey’s dangerous dog strategy, said:

“We need to encourage as many people as possible to report the ownership of dangerous dogs or irresponsible ownership to us. We investigate all sightings of suspected prohibited breeds and reports of irresponsible dog ownership.

“It is important to clarify that if people have inadvertently purchased a pit bull type dog, there are occasions where they may retain their pet, subject to strict conditions and registration. We can help people through this process.”

PC Kerry Davies, Haringey’s dangerous dogs liaison officer, said: “Haringey residents can be assured that if they report sightings of suspected prohibited animals, irresponsible or suspicious activity, we will investigate and where appropriate take action within the parameters of the law. We will draw on any resource possible to encourage responsible ownership and ensure the public are safe from dangerous dogs.”

Anyone with information about prohibited or out of control dogs in Haringey is urged to contact Bruce Grove Safer Neighbourhoods Team in confidence on 07920 233 789 or 020 8721 2674 and leave a message with a contact number, or leave a message for the team on the Metropolitan Police non-emergency number on 101.

In an emergency always dial 999.