Investigation chief Det Supt Simon Beldon said: "Early indications are the two dogs seized are American pit bull terriers
although tests are still ongoing to establish that.
In countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia, where American pit bull terriers
have been banned, research for the Journal of Veterinary Behavior says that there is no evidence that these breed- specific laws significantly reduce the number of dog attacks.
American pit bull terriers
are one of four breeds of dog banned under UK law after a number of attacks on humans.
The syndicate had links to paramilitaries in Northern Ireland who supplied illegal American pit bull terriers
Unlike American Pit Bull Terriers
, Staffordshires are not banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Pit bulls are defined in the legislation as pit bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers
or a dog that shares physical characteristics with any of the above.
Following the incident the airline has decided to ban Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers
, a move which the American Kennel Club has labelled unjustified, reported Reuters.
RSPCA special operations officer Bryn Pass said the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 had outlawed the American pit bull terriers
favoured by fight organisers.
SAN DIEGO, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Knowledge is power and Petco hopes to educate potential pet parents about large breed dogs such as American Pit Bull Terriers
, American bulldogs, Labrador Retrievers, German shepherds and more during its monthly National Adoption Weekend taking place July 13-14, 2013.