I'm sure the cops were scared for their lives by this insubordinate dog. Not.
I saw an article in the UK version of The Week (not available online, I think) that presented a lot of information that was new to me. They have a Dangerous Dogs Act that categorically bans pit bulls, so as you would have predicted, people who want fighting dogs and attack dogs either smuggle the dogs illegal, cross-breed or just use another breed (Staffordshire terrier is popular). Police can't really tell the difference between one breed and another or a mutt, so enforcement is very difficult. Apparently for people living on housing estates (what we'd call the projects), a dangerous-looking dog is the equivalent of carrying a gun. Dog fights also are used to settle disputes. What surprised me the most was that a lot of the dog fights are arranged by Pakistani Brits -- the articles claim that dog-fighting is very popular in Pakistan.
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