We don't know why they were seized in the first place, but police clearly satisfied themselves that there had been no breach of the licensing rules and so had to return them. And it's a hell of a leap from illegal or unethical dog breeding to multiple homicide.
On the other hand, if you have a piece of street filth whose illegal pitbulls have already shown a propensity for violence, it'd be nice if you acted then, before they tore a young girl's face off in the street:
Blackfriars Crown Court heard how one of the dogs was allowed to continue walking the streets of Camden despite a history of violence.
Earlier last year on August 6, one of Curtis’ dogs chased a cat into a residential property on the Denyer estate, off Highgate Road, Dartmouth Park, biting a man inside the property before killing the cat.
As a result of the incident on December 4, police launched a review of all previous allegations of dog bites in Camden.
Four officers are currently the subject of an internal investigation relating to the August incident.They probably won't be dismissed from the force. But they should be.