Dog breed banned

Last updated 17:00 23/06/2011

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An import ban has been imposed on the fighting dog breed perro de presa canario under an order approved by Parliament last night.

The breed is commonly known as presa canario, and none of the dogs are known to be in New Zealand. Associate Local Government Minister Craig Foss said the ban, recommended by the local government select committee, was a precautionary measure to stop the breed becoming established here.

The presa canario is on the banned list along with breeds including the American pitbull.

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- The Marlborough Express

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