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By Steph Johnson
Friday, 15 April 2011

A Pit bull called Kane who was on ‘˜death row’ has been reunited with his Carlisle family.

Kane and Wheeler

(photos by Millicant Corr)

Big softie: Wheeler welcomes Kane the pit bull after he was released from police custody and death row. She says: ‘˜He’s a really good dog, he just wants to be loved’.

He was seized by police under the Dangerous Dogs Act back in November and was kept in kennels under threat of destruction.

All pit bull types are classed as banned fighting dogs. They can only be kept if courts say they are safe enough to be put on the exemption list.

Kane’s owners were able to prove to Carlisle Magistrates’ Court that Kane posed no risk to the public and last week he was freed.

Experts said he was a well trained, well looked after family pet who showed no aggression towards humans.

Alison Swan, of Mardale Road in Raffles, bought two-year-old Kane for her son David when the dog was just a puppy.

She told The Cumberland News: ‘We couldn’t believe it when he was taken away. We couldn’t see him even though he might be put down, we were devastated.

‘When the court said we could have him back it was brilliant, I was in tears, at the end of the day he had been on death row.

‘He’s a lovely dog, he’s just soft, we all love him to bits and all the kids round here love him as well.‘

Kane was dropped off at Shady Grove police station and picked up by a welcome crew of Alison, David, his girlfriend Millicant Wheeler ‘“ and her pug Frankie.

Millicant, 24, said: ‘I think he was more pleased to see Frankie than he was any of us, she just bounded straight up to him.

‘They adore each other, they sleep together and he lets her swings on his ears.

‘He’s a really good dog, he just wants to be loved.‘

David, 20, pleaded guilty to owning a banned fighting dog on the grounds that he thought Kane was an American bulldog. Even the RSPCA vet who gave him his jabs noted down that this was his breed.

The court accepted that David had made a mistake and made conditions for Kane’s release.

He is registered on the dangerous dogs exempt list and must be muzzled whenever he’s in a public place.

He has also been chipped, tattooed and neutered.