Mr Bronx, who had been in Jersey since he was seven and a half weeks old without issue, was seized by Customs officers in February after they suspected that he might be a dangerous breed. He has since spent ten months in kennels at the JSPCA.
Earlier this month the Petty Debts Court deemed Mr Bronx, who was seized by Customs at the Harbour when his owners arrived back in the Island having taken the dog away with them on holiday, to be a pitbull terrier-type dog, leaving him with an uncertain future.
In a statement released yesterday, the States said: ‘Following the court’s confirmation that Mr Bronx is indeed a pitbull terrier type, and with no appeal against that ruling, we are now carefully considering all available options.
‘Our approach to restricting the importation of certain breeds of dog is no different to that of many jurisdictions around the world.’
The authorities will now decide whether to give Mr Bronx’s owners a licence or order that he be destroyed.
‘We are acutely aware that this is a sensitive issue and we are striving to resolve it as quickly as possible,’ a spokesman added.
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