Tyson and dog law
The Dog News Show brings an alarming special report of a dog set on fire by police when being seized from his home. The #tysonslaw campaign by Rockys Army seeks to stop this ever happening again.
Tyson was seized by police from his home with only the minor daughter present. Tyson became agitated, was put in the garden, got back in and police used an electric shield on him after spraying him with "biteback" deterrent. The spark ignited the dog's head and ear and chaos ensued as water was thrown at the flames and police tried to gain control.
Tyson was claimed to be a banned breed of Pit Bull type and the family instructed solicitors and expert assessors to defend this. Tyson was so traumatised he never recovered his confidence in kennels and would not engage with anyone.
In court the police officer claimed not to have been trained never to use the shield with biteback. The judge gave a destruction order to Tyson and his ashes were returned to his devastated family in December 2018.
His family, with Rocky's Army support group are campaigning to establish a code of behaviour and policy to stop this ever happening again.
Sign the petition here.
You can find the Tyson's Law group on Facebook.
Thanks to Mark Riley from Rockys Armys - for telling Tyson's sad story in this episode.