I am deeply disappointed that the Government have so far ignored the advice of the RSPCA, Battersea Dogs Home, the Communication Workers Union, the Guide Dogs organisation and others and have refused to take necessary action to keep people safe from dangerous dog attacks.
After the Government voted against similar measures during the House of Commons’ committee stage of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, I am backing a new proposal to help keep the public safe and stop dangerous dog attacks.
Dangerous dogs are a serious threat to people across the country, with increasing attacks. I agree with the charities that are experts in this area, and have been calling for some time for people in England and Wales to have the same protections from dangerous dogs as people in Scotland get.
Dog Control Notices have been used in Scotland since 2010 and were backed by the House of Commons Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ report ‘Dog Control and Welfare’, which called the Government's current proposals "simplistic" and "woefully inadequate" and recommended Dog Control Notices.
A new law would introduce Dog Control Notices in England and Wales and would give the police and local authorities the ability to take action against people in charge of out of control dogs and to intervene to stop problems before they happen.