Thank you and I am sorry to hear abut this matter. The police have the legal right to seize a dog if it bites a person, in effect by causing a laceration (or being suspected of) the police can take the dog. However, the dog cannot be put down nor can the police insist you do this. However, the matter can go to court and court can instruct a dog to be put down. However, like any other case you can defend this, given the information you ave provided then you do have a defence in the matter. In my opinion you should look at contacting a defence solicitor to look at defending the matter in court ( if it gets to court) so you may be Abel to obtain the dog back. You also have the right to make a complaint against your neighbour to the police if she kicked the dog.
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