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Hank the dog freed after 20 day wait

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
Hank the dog (Pic by owners Joanne Meadows and Leonard Collins)
Hank the dog (Pic by owners Joanne Meadows and Leonard Collins)

The owners of Hank the dog, who was seized as a 'pit bull type' dog by Belfast City Council has been returned home.

Hank was seized by council workers 20 days ago and faced destruction, but has now been placed on an 'exemption' list.

The two-year-old pooch was taken away and tested.

It was found that Hank was a pit bull type dog, but he was released under certain conditions. 

A court ordered that he must be muzzled and kept on a lead in public and must undergo behavioural training. 

An online petition to save hank was signed by over a quarter of a million people. 

After Hank, who lives with owners Joanne Meadows and Leonard Collins in Belfast, was seized, he enjoyed an influx of support from celebrities like Carl Frampton and Dermot O'Leary and TV dog trainer Victoria Stillwell.