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Police chiefs have come under fire for locking up a chow-chow puppy under the Dangerous Dogs Act after it gave a police officer a nip on his hand and arm.
The four-month-old dog, named Bungle, could face up to nine months in custody after it was seized by police in Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire, last Friday.
Bungle - Supporters - Police - Warden - Actions
Bungle's supporters have slammed police, calling the warden's actions 'callous' and 'heavy-handed', and saying the pet was 'fretting and very scared' while it was caged.
But police have defended their decision, saying the public reaction would have been different if the dog had bitten a child or caused an accident when the officer tried to restrain it on a busy road.
Supporters - Facebook - Group - Bungle - Release
More than 2,500 supporters have joined a Facebook group calling for Bungle's immediate release.
David Hayes, the dog's owner, said his son Joseph had broken down at school and had to be taken out of lessons when he heard the pet had gone.
Mr - Hayes - Wife - Susan - Bankers
Mr Hayes and his wife Susan, who are said to be millionaire bankers, have appointed lawyers to look into the matter, The Sun reported, as friends say the dog could be facing up to nine months in custody.
He wrote in the group: 'We are massively regretful that Bungle was able to sneak out of our gates, and especially that a police officer was injured while on duty and trying to resolve the situation.
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'We feel hugely comforted though that it is not just us that feels the outcome...
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