Yorkshire Terrier returned to delighted owner after being seized by police for allegedly attacking delivery courier

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Police have returned a Yorkshire Terrier seized from its 73-year-old owner for allegedly attacking a delivery courier.

Claudia Settimo-Bovio, from Kingston, said she was “very pleased” but “very tired” after an ordeal which saw seven police officers take away 10-year-old Alfie following claims he was out of control.

She was left distraught and accused police of overreacting when they seized her pet last Friday and brought her in for questioning.

After the dog was returned to her she told the Standard: “I am very pleased that he is back. He didn’t look at me initially when he came back so I think he was a bit cross.

“I’ve had him for 10 years and he doesn’t do that often, but now he is happy.

“He must have barked a lot while he was gone because he has gone hoarse.”

Scotland Yard said the dog’s return was approved on Thursday “while further action is considered”.

Two dog units and three police officers were sent to the address last Friday after the delivery courier claimed the dog bit his stomach and ear. 

The animal was seized by police under the Dangerous Dogs Act more than six weeks after it is alleged to have attacked the delivery driver outside her house on June 21.

Ms Settimo-Bovio said the man, aged in his mid 30s, was delivering a parcel to her home but asked him to leave it outside when Alfie became over excited.

She went outside to collect the parcel but the dog ran through her legs and chased after the courier, she said.

She said: “He screamed his head off, it was like a mad scene in the street but the dog never touched him.

“He is a friendly dog. Everybody knows my dog.”

A Met Police spokesman said: “A dog seized by police in Kingston under the Dangerous Dogs Act has been returned to the owner.

“A delivery courier had reported that on Wednesday, June 21 that the dog had bit him on his stomach and behind the ear.

“The victim, who is in his mid 30s, went to a west London hospital and was treated for minor injuries.

“The dog’s owner was interviewed by officers from Kingston borough on Wednesday, August 23.

“The dog has been assessed by officers from the Status Dog Unit who have approved the return. The owner has also signed an acceptable behaviour contract.

“As a result the dog has been returned to its owner today while further action is considered.”

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