Woman refuses to let go after police seize her beloved pooch

Rottweilers are a category two breed in France dog-serious
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A dog mum has enlisted the help of an animal rights lawyer after authorities seized her beloved pooch under strict laws that govern the ownership of certain breeds.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 24/11/2019, 17:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:22

The 34-year-old woman lives in France with her pet Rottweiler. They were recently on their walkies when police officers stopped the pair.

A category two breed

Under French law, Rottweilers are a category two breed, which means they must wear a muzzle whenever they go outside.

The woman apologised for her mistake and assured officers she had all the relevant paperwork for such a breed. After following her home and checking the documentation, the matter seemed closed.

But a few days later the women received a summons to the local police station, where she was informed that the authorities would be seizing her pooch.

The reason? The women had a criminal record for smuggling contraband items to an inmate during a prison visit, which disqualified her from owning a regulated breed.

The distraught owner pleaded her case, but the authorities refused to budge. She then contacted Isabelle Terrin, a lawyer specialising in animal rights.

Isabelle is currently putting a case together for the court. Until then, the Rottweiler will remain in a local animal shelter.

Tight controls on certain breeds

French law puts tight restrictions on category two dogs. As well as having a clean criminal record and the correct paperwork, owners must meet several other conditions, including keeping the dogs on a leash outside the house.

In 2014, the UK government amended its own dog control laws, meaning owners can now be prosecuted if their pets attack or bite other people. There are no specific breed categories like in French law, although certain breeds are prohibited under the Dangerous Dog Act. These include the Dogo Argentino and the Japanese Tosa. 

Anyone caught with a banned breed faces an unlimited fine and up to six months in prison.