Government Plans Criticised

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02 May 2012

New Government plans to address the problem of irresponsible owners of dangerous dogs have been criticised by leading animal welfare charities.

Although the Government has announced proposals for the micro-chipping of puppies and the extension of dangerous dogs laws to cover attacks on private property, they failed to back Dog Control Notices to curb reckless behaviour by irresponsible owners.

The RSPCA criticised the Government’s proposals, saying “these measures not only lack bite, they raise major questions about how exactly they expect to effectively tackle the danger of irresponsible ownership to both people and animals.”

I support the calls by postal workers, the police and animal charities for extra powers to allow the police to intervene against dangerous dogs before an attack takes place, such as forcing dogs to be muzzled or kept on a lead.