Towards the end of September, the blog told of an awful dog attack on Dylan the Bedlington, and I said I'd e-mailed my MP about this problem. Well, Glory be! I've had a reply, which enclosed a letter from Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under Secretary for DEFRA. In it, he says that, under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, a dog is considered "dangerously out of control" if a person has "reasonable apprehension that it will injure someone, whether or not it actually does so". So if a dog is being attacked, and the owner fears he/she also may be attacked, the DDA can be called into force. Additionally, says Lord de Mauley, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes it an offence to "cause unnecessary suffering to an animal" which may well apply when a dog attacks another animal. We must make sure all this is thrown at the police, when they seem to be gazing the other way.
It seems that a Bill to amend the DDA is expected to receive Royal Assent next April, to tackle irresponsible dog ownership, which will include a provision for Local Authorities and the police to issue Community Protection Notices on owners, or anyone temporarily in charge of a dog, for offences including allowing a dog to attack another dog.
Very good news, I'm sure everyone will agree, and it can't happen soon enough.
There is also a consultation in progress, considering the maximum sentence for allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control. There is an online survey, to gather public opinion, at:
Please do have a look.Also, how is Dylan getting on? Hope he's continuing to make a good recovery. Viv
Thank you Viv, it is terrible to read about dog attacks whether on other dogs or people!! The sad thing is that the owners are mostly to blame for not researching the breed before buying a pup and then keeping it in the wrong environment. Many dogs are not given time and training to be properly socialised. I have even been reading about so called tiny hand bag dogs having to be rehomed due to bad behaviour. These dogs may be fashion statements and owners had little or no idea on responsible dog ownership.