Dog’s tail ‘cut off’ in police care after he was accused of being banned breed

Paulina with her dog Mitch, he had his tail cut off while in police care
A dog owner has claimed her dog was abused while in police care (Picture: Supplied)

A dog owner whose pet was seized by officers who believed he was a banned breed has accused police of a catalogue of abuse while he was in their care.

Mitch spent four months in kennels after being taken by officers who suspected he was a pit bull on November 22, 2018.

Owner Paulina Lazar, 23, claims his tail had been cut off, was covered in cuts and was missing fur when he was returned.

She told Metro.co.uk: ‘Mitch was not the same dog that was taken. He just wasn’t. I started questioning whether that was actually my dog.’

METRO GRAB - Dog abused in police kennels Mitchs' Tale By Mitchs' Owner "When I was 17, I bought a lovely staffy called Mitch from a friend that couldn?t look after him as he was going away. Mitch was about 4-6 months old when I got him. He was an easy going happiest dog I?ve ever met ? a happy and healthy pup. First thing we taught him is how to give high five and he obeys both Polish and English commands. He has never been away from our house overnight. We have a massive garden and he often gets taken out for walks as the park is around the corner. My best friend and neighbour has a two year old son and he is great with him In November 2018, there had been a robbery nearby and there were lots of police around. My brother was waking Mitch that night and he got stopped and searched as lots of people were due to the robbery. They were happy my brother wasn?t involved in the robbery BUT they seized Mitch. The thought of him being taken away by the police it was heartbreaking. And that he might thing we had given him away. Prior to this I just thought he was a Staffy, I knew nothing of BSL or the Dangerous Dogs Act. I didn?t know the police could just take your friendly dog. We felt absolutely helpless; we didn?t know what to do, so we just followed the advice of the police. I was constantly reassured by the status dog unit when he was in the kennels that he is great I shouldn?t worry and that he enjoying himself. As sad as I was that he was away, at least I was told he was okay. Finally in March we went to court we were told we have to pay around a ?1000 for kennel costs. I was told he needed to be neutered so I agreed. (Mitch was granted a full exemption), I was just happy to get him back home. When I got the call that we can pick him up I went there straight away. When we picked him up he wasn?t himself he didn?t even run up to me he was so scared. That?s when I realised he had the scars over his body and the end of his tail had been cut off. His tail was actually still bleeding badly and didn?t have a bandage over it. I was surprised he didn?t have a Cone on after he has been neutered because it?s easy to get infection. I took him straight to the vets and paid about ?300 for medicine and everything else Once home I made a formal complaint to the police and contacted the RSPCA. It was sad to see how they neglected him he seemed so sad had lots of bruises all over his body He still doesn?t seem himself." Please see his "Before" pictures, his after Pictures will shock you. Team Mitch From @mitchstale/Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/mitchstale/photos/?ref=page_internal
The family have had him since he was a puppy and said he would ‘never hurt a fly’ (Picture: Supplied)
Dog abused in police kennels Picture: Paulina Lazar METROGRAB supplied to metro.co.uk
After being returned from police kennels, his tail was missing and he was missing fur from his legs (Picture: Supplied)

Mitch was taken from her brother Pawel, 21, as he was walking him close to where they live in Dagenham.

Under the Dangerous Dogs Act, animals can be seized and kennelled by officers if they believe the animal will pose a threat to the general public.

She said: ‘It breaks my heart for someone to lock him away and not even care about him.’

Police would not tell them which kennels Mitch was taken to, but Paulina said they were repeatedly told their pet was fine and doing well.

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After Paulina and her brother plead guilty to possession of a fighting dog, Mitch was allowed to return home – as long as he was castrated and wear a muzzle when out in public.

METRO GRAB - Dog abused in police kennels Mitchs' Tale By Mitchs' Owner "When I was 17, I bought a lovely staffy called Mitch from a friend that couldn?t look after him as he was going away. Mitch was about 4-6 months old when I got him. He was an easy going happiest dog I?ve ever met ? a happy and healthy pup. First thing we taught him is how to give high five and he obeys both Polish and English commands. He has never been away from our house overnight. We have a massive garden and he often gets taken out for walks as the park is around the corner. My best friend and neighbour has a two year old son and he is great with him In November 2018, there had been a robbery nearby and there were lots of police around. My brother was waking Mitch that night and he got stopped and searched as lots of people were due to the robbery. They were happy my brother wasn?t involved in the robbery BUT they seized Mitch. The thought of him being taken away by the police it was heartbreaking. And that he might thing we had given him away. Prior to this I just thought he was a Staffy, I knew nothing of BSL or the Dangerous Dogs Act. I didn?t know the police could just take your friendly dog. We felt absolutely helpless; we didn?t know what to do, so we just followed the advice of the police. I was constantly reassured by the status dog unit when he was in the kennels that he is great I shouldn?t worry and that he enjoying himself. As sad as I was that he was away, at least I was told he was okay. Finally in March we went to court we were told we have to pay around a ?1000 for kennel costs. I was told he needed to be neutered so I agreed. (Mitch was granted a full exemption), I was just happy to get him back home. When I got the call that we can pick him up I went there straight away. When we picked him up he wasn?t himself he didn?t even run up to me he was so scared. That?s when I realised he had the scars over his body and the end of his tail had been cut off. His tail was actually still bleeding badly and didn?t have a bandage over it. I was surprised he didn?t have a Cone on after he has been neutered because it?s easy to get infection. I took him straight to the vets and paid about ?300 for medicine and everything else Once home I made a formal complaint to the police and contacted the RSPCA. It was sad to see how they neglected him he seemed so sad had lots of bruises all over his body He still doesn?t seem himself." Please see his "Before" pictures, his after Pictures will shock you. Team Mitch From @mitchstale/Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/mitchstale/photos/?ref=page_internal
His face was covered in a number of scratches (Picture: Supplied)
Dog abused in police kennels Picture: Paulina Lazar METROGRAB supplied to metro.co.uk
Paulina claims the vet told her these injuries were a result of Mitch not being exercised (Picture: Supplied)

They were also ordered to pay £1,000 to cover the costs of his stay in kennels.

Under current legislation, a dog does not have to have fought be considered a fighting dog, it just has to bear ‘characteristics’ of a dog that could be used to fight.

The family was ecstatic to have Mitch back, but when they went to pick him up, they couldn’t believe what they saw.

‘He had scratches all over his back and belly, he was so skinny, and although he had only just been castrated he wasn’t wearing a cone to stop him from licking the wound,’ she said.

‘The scratches on his face looked like he had been fighting another dog, he couldn’t have done it himself.’

She added: ‘He’s always been such a nice, happy dog and we’ve never had any issues with the neighbours.

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‘We never thought he could be dangerous.’

(Picture: Supplied)
Paulina Lazar, 23, questioned if he was even the right dog when he was returned to her (Picture: Supplied)
Dog abused in police kennels Picture: Paulina Lazar METROGRAB supplied to metro.co.uk
She was repeatedly told Mitch was fine in kennels (Picture: Supplied)

But Paulina didn’t realise the full extent of his injuries until he was home and saw that the tip of his tail had been cut off completely.

Paulina took him straight to the vet, who confirmed Mitch was suffering with a number of health conditions.

Vets documents seen by Metro.co.uk state that his castration had been done incorrectly, and because he had been able to lick the wound it had become infected.

They were not able to find a reason or cause for his tail being cut, and said there were no stitches on the wound.

An anal glad was also noted to be ‘about to burst’ and Paulina claims she was told injuries around his backside ‘were most likely caused by him getting little or no exercise’ while he was in police care.

METRO GRAB - Dog abused in police kennels Mitchs' Tale By Mitchs' Owner "When I was 17, I bought a lovely staffy called Mitch from a friend that couldn?t look after him as he was going away. Mitch was about 4-6 months old when I got him. He was an easy going happiest dog I?ve ever met ? a happy and healthy pup. First thing we taught him is how to give high five and he obeys both Polish and English commands. He has never been away from our house overnight. We have a massive garden and he often gets taken out for walks as the park is around the corner. My best friend and neighbour has a two year old son and he is great with him In November 2018, there had been a robbery nearby and there were lots of police around. My brother was waking Mitch that night and he got stopped and searched as lots of people were due to the robbery. They were happy my brother wasn?t involved in the robbery BUT they seized Mitch. The thought of him being taken away by the police it was heartbreaking. And that he might thing we had given him away. Prior to this I just thought he was a Staffy, I knew nothing of BSL or the Dangerous Dogs Act. I didn?t know the police could just take your friendly dog. We felt absolutely helpless; we didn?t know what to do, so we just followed the advice of the police. I was constantly reassured by the status dog unit when he was in the kennels that he is great I shouldn?t worry and that he enjoying himself. As sad as I was that he was away, at least I was told he was okay. Finally in March we went to court we were told we have to pay around a ?1000 for kennel costs. I was told he needed to be neutered so I agreed. (Mitch was granted a full exemption), I was just happy to get him back home. When I got the call that we can pick him up I went there straight away. When we picked him up he wasn?t himself he didn?t even run up to me he was so scared. That?s when I realised he had the scars over his body and the end of his tail had been cut off. His tail was actually still bleeding badly and didn?t have a bandage over it. I was surprised he didn?t have a Cone on after he has been neutered because it?s easy to get infection. I took him straight to the vets and paid about ?300 for medicine and everything else Once home I made a formal complaint to the police and contacted the RSPCA. It was sad to see how they neglected him he seemed so sad had lots of bruises all over his body He still doesn?t seem himself." Please see his "Before" pictures, his after Pictures will shock you. Team Mitch From @mitchstale/Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/mitchstale/photos/?ref=page_internal
Police have refused to comment on the allegations (Picture: Supplied)
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He was also significantly skinnier and covered in scratches (Picture: Supplied)

But despite her making a formal complaint to police, she claims they ‘don’t care’ and haven’t answered her questions.

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She said: ‘It was their responsibility to make sure the Mitch was okay and now they don’t want to deal with it.

‘I just don’t understand why he was taken off of us for them to do something so traumatising, he never hurt a fly.’

When the Met Police were contacted my Metro.co.uk a spokesperson said Mitch was kept in ‘secure kennels’ for the duration of his stay.

A spokesperson added: ‘A complaint about the condition of the dog whilst in the care of the kennel has been received and this is currently being investigated.

‘It would therefore be inappropriate to comment further at this time.’