Your Say: Thousands sign petition to save dog abandoned in Leeds park

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Yorkshire Evening Post readers have shared their views as thousands of people have signed a petition to save a Leeds dog from being put to sleep.

The male pit bull-type dog was found in Horsforth Hall Park on October 5.

He had been tied to park railings but had chewed through the lead.

After being taken by Leeds City Council, he was then put into the hands of West Yorkshire Police for assessment and judged to be one of the four banned UK breeds.

The dog was chipped and his owner has been traced, but is understood not to have responded to the letter sent by a Leeds dog warden asking them to claim the animal.

Because he is a banned breed only his owner can claim him, and campaigners now fear he will be put to sleep.

An online petition calling for a change in the law so that such dog are not automatically put to sleep if there is another fit and able person willing to take them on had been signed by nearly 5,950 people by this morning.

Readers have taken to social media websites Facebook to share their views.

Alison Gibson Ne Bell said: “He as suffered terrible abuse by humans which is heartbreaking.

“This dog is such a loving soul, Now its our turn to show him he is loved.”

Karen Gould added: “I’ve already signed the petition, this poor dog didn’t ask to be abandoned.”

Matthew Copp Lumsden said: “If the owner of this poor dog reads this, go claim him.”

Jennifer Mott said: “Thank you for sharing this beautiful boys heartbreaking story, Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I hope more than anything he has a happy ending and loving forever home.”

John Batman said: “Good luck hope you get a chance too be loved and a sofa to sleep on!”