Posters reunite family with ‘dangerous’ dog

October 22, 2010 by  

A Hertfordshire family were reunited with their dog after a poster campaign helped raise awareness of the missing pet. Now the family are calling for a review on the law after their pet, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Ridgeback cross, escaped after it was seized by the police on suspicion of being a Pit Bull terrier.

The owners of the dog Tootsie, Neil Carrington and Mikala Coulthard, called on the help of companies offering poster printing in Ware or other areas in Hertfordshire in order to produce posters of their beloved family pet in a bid to get her back. The Hertfordshire Constabulary had received several complaints about the dog which resulted in the police taking the pet under the Dangerous Dog Act. After being taken to a kennels to ascertain the breed of the pet, Tootsie escaped and was missing for a couple of months.

The owners, with help from DDA Watch, an organisation which monitors legislation on dangerous dogs, put up posters with their 19 year old son hoping for Tootsie’s safe return. Eventually, the DDA Watch were contacted by an organisation that works to unite missing dogs with their owners,, who had seen Tootsie’s picture when she was due to be rehomed by Battersea Dogs Home.

The family have now been reunited with Tootsie but are angry about the handling of the whole situation despite her not being classed as dangerous and having shown no signs of aggression at all. The family are calling for a review of the law to avoid another family going through the same ordeal.