A Powys man has expressed his outrage after police seized his XL bully dog.

Carl Fraser, from Newtown, has had the animal since it was a puppy, since when it has been a great help with his anxiety.

He has had an exemption for the animal under new laws passed earlier this year making it illegal to own the dogs.

But Carl was left stunned when police seized his dog during a visit to his home.   

He was told they had taken the dog as it had been seen with two other people who weren’t him on CCTV, therefore voiding his exemption certificate.


However Carl said there had been a break in that night while he was visiting his partner.

“I got a phone call from my neighbour at six in the morning telling me to keep the music down,” said Carl.

“I said I wasn’t there and called the police immediately. I now wonder if they were trying to take the dog and illegally breed with him as he is due to be neutered in the next few weeks.

“I am really worried now that they are just going to put my dog down.”

Dyfed-Powys Police have said that the dog is being well cared for and that it will continue to investigate his claims.

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A spokesperson for the force said: “Dyfed-Powys Police executed a warrant under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 at a property in Heol Y Coleg, Vaynor, Newtown on Wednesday evening (1 May 2024).

"Attendance at the property was fully captured on body worn video.

"The owner walked the dog, which is not a registered assistance dog, to the police van to avoid distressing the animal.

"The dog remains in kennels, where it will be well looked after, while the investigation continues.”