In December 1991 my dog - a pit-bull terrier - was taken from my car after I had been pulled over by the police on a motorway. The reason given was that the dog was in a public place, not wearing a muzzle and not on a lead: the public place being my car, which I, for one, consider to be a private place. I had the lead and muzzle in my car at the time.
On 29 July I was found guilty of this charge, and my dog is to be destroyed. During all the time the police have had my dog, I have not been given access to it, and I do not know where and how it is kept.
My dog is a family pet and I feel very bitter over this. Could you drive on your own holding a dog's leash at all times? I think not. The law needs to be changed.
H. T. BATES
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