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Entertainment • Jan 23, 2019

Deji reportedly charged following police’s alleged theft of his dog

Deji reportedly charged following police’s alleged theft of his dog
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Popular YouTuber Deji Olatunji continues to fight for the return of his German Shepherd, Tank, after the animal was allegedly stolen by law enforcement in September of 2018.

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While Deji claimed that Tank had merely nipped his neighbor (who allegedly hit the dog over the head with a parcel), a speaker for the Cambridgeshire Police claimed that both the YouTuber and his father were charged on two counts of owning a dangerous dog.

“Olayinka Olatunji, 52, and Deji Olatunji, 22, were each charged with two counts of owning a dog that was dangerously out of control,” the spokesperson stated in an interview with Metro UK. “One count with injury and one without.”

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Tank was seized by police after reportedly attacking Deji’s neighbor, who had come to collect a package from the front stoop of his home while the Olatunji family was away. Additional reports claim that Tank likewise attacked the neighbor’s son-in-law, who Deji accused of “wanting the dog to attack him, so he could make a claim.”

Furthermore, Deji speculated that law enforcement were training the dog as a police K-9, after being held in a kennel awaiting a charging decision - although authorities denied this claim. 

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Deji alleged that his German Sherpherd, Tank, was stolen by police, after reportedly injuring two of his neighbors.

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Deji was made to sign an Acceptable Dog Contract following the incident, after which he and his family placed Tank in a kennel. According to Deji, police removed tank from the kennel into a police-approved holding unit, which Deji claimed to have no knowledge of beforehand.

Deji created a petition for the retrieval of his pet, which currently sits at over 400,000 signatures as of January 23. 

He likewise uploaded a video to his second channel as an update for fans, stating that Tank "probably feels like he’s just been let go" after the six-month waiting period.

Deji and his father were released on bail, and a court date has yet to be set to settle the matter.

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