Bungle freed from doggy prison for nipping cop trying to drag him from under car

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Bungle freed from doggy prison for nipping cop trying to drag him from under car

A puppy detained by police after biting an officer has now been returned to his owners following public outcry.

Bungle, a chow chow, had been taken to a secret location and faced up to nine months in doggy jail for the offence.

However he is now back with his family, who have agreed to a voluntary control order (VCO).

Bungle, a 16-week-old puppy has returned home (Picture: Bungle The Chow/Facebook)

Bungle had faced Christmas away from his family in doggy jail (Picture: Bungle The Chow/Facebook)

In a statement, his owners David and Susan Hayes and son Joseph, 15, said: ‘A very understanding police officer brought Bungle home to us. Bungle was SSSOOOO pleased to see us and excited. It was lovely.’

The incident began when Bungle was cornered by Northamptonshire Police on November 17th after being spotted loose in the road in Towcester.

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The four-month-old had rushed out of the family drive before the electric gates could shut and was found nearby cowering under a lorry on the A508.

He was deemed a danger to road users but as he was cornered, he twice nipped at a cop and was seized.

The Hayes family appointed lawyers to fight for Bungle’s release, accusing the force of acting in a ‘draconian’ way.

Bungle hid under a lorry after darting out from the family drive (Picture: Bungle The Chow/Facebook)

Undated handout photo issued by Mark Collins PR of Bungle the chow chow who was seized by Northamptonshire Police after the puppy "potentially endangered road users" when he was spotted loose in the road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday November 22, 2018. The Northamptonshire force said in a statement: "A chow dog was seized by Northamptonshire Police under Section 5(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, after a police officer was bitten on November 17 in Stoke Bruene, near Towcester. See PA story POLICE Chow. Photo credit should read: Mark Collins PR/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The chow chow was said to be very ‘pleased’ to be back with his family (Picture: PA)

A Facebook group calling for the puppy’s release attracted more than 5,000 members and a petition was also set up.

At the time, the family told the Sun: ‘We feel hugely comforted that it is not just us that feels the outcome of this accident is grossly draconian and disproportionate.’

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On Thursday evening, Northamptonshire Police said a specialist dog handler had met with the family and the owners had agreed to the VCO. This means they have to ensure Bungle remains under control at all times.

Chief Superintendent Chris Hillery defended police handling of the case.

He said the decision to detain Bungle had been taken ‘in the context of some very real and serious cases involving dog bites that have resulted in serious life-changing injuries and even death locally and nationally’.

Undated handout photo issued by Mark Collins PR of Bungle the chow chow who was seized by Northamptonshire Police after the puppy "potentially endangered road users" when he was spotted loose in the road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday November 22, 2018. The Northamptonshire force said in a statement: "A chow dog was seized by Northamptonshire Police under Section 5(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, after a police officer was bitten on November 17 in Stoke Bruene, near Towcester. See PA story POLICE Chow. Photo credit should read: Mark Collins PR/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Police defended their decision to take Bungle into custody (Picture: PA)

Bungle, a 16-week-old puppy from Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire, has returned home (Picture: Bungle The Chow/Facebook)

Bungle is now free to play at the family home in Northamptonshire (Picture: Bungle The Chow/Facebook)

Mr Hillery added the officer who was bitten is ‘recovering well.’

He continued: ‘To be absolutely clear, I fully support the officers’ actions in this case, the dog was unattended in a live carriageway and was aggressive to those present, resulting in the officer being bitten and receiving injuries that required hospital attention.

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‘The potential risk posed by the dog at that time is not diminished by its age or that it was frightened.

‘Having already bitten the officer twice, causing puncture wounds and bruising, it would have been negligent to release a dog displaying such obvious aggression, regardless of the cause, without first ensuring both the dog’s and the wider public’s safety.’

The force reminded owners of their responsibility to ensure their pets are under control and do not present a danger to the wider public at any time.

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