Police confiscated a dog and put it down after finding it was a banned breed.

After a video related to the seizure was shared online, Three Rivers Police released a statement confirming the pet had been taken from its owner in the area.

Hertfordshire Constabulary have confirmed the dog, believed to be a pit bull, was "humanely put to sleep" as they are unable to rehome prohibited breeds.

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A spokesperson said: “When we seize a dog that is suspected to be of a prohibited breed, a number of extensive checks and assessments are conducted.

“In this case it was determined that the dog was a pit bull.

“The owner subsequently decided to sign the dog over to police.”

Police have issued an update: read it here

The force also reminded owners of the legal requirements they are expected to undertake, including ensuring their animal is microchipped and has an identification disc on its collar.

Pit Bull Terrier is one of just four breeds banned in the UK under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, along with Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Rasileiro.

Herts Police have been asked if anyone has been arrested. Updates to follow.