(Not the so-called “Dangerous Dogs”)

The Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA) is flawed and does not protect the public from dangerous dogs.

The Dangerous Dogs Act should be:

  1. Targeting irresponsible owners;
  2. Protecting good-natured dogs regardless of breed; and
  3. Protecting the public from aggressive canines.

The DDA bans the following dogs based on their physical appearance regardless of how well-natured they are:

  1. Pit Bull Terrier;
  2. Japanese Tosa;
  3. Dogo Argentino; and
  4. Fila Braziliero.

The Law as it stands results in:

  1. The unnecessary destruction of healthy, good-natured dogs;
  2. No, or little added protection against dog attacks.

Indeed, despite the laws in place, dog attacks are still far too common and last year the NHS spent around £3m treating victims.

The law needs to start from the premise that the dog owner is primarily responsible for the behaviour of their animal. Luckily, the vast majority of dog owners are, indeed, responsible, however, it is the minority that are not that put other people’s lives at risk.

Regardless of the current laws in place, reports appear to show that dog attacks are on the rise, with Greater Manchester Police seizing more than 300 dangerous animals since 2013 and around a quarter of a million dogs acting aggressively towards people every week.

The way a dog is brought up is extremely important in determining whether they are likely to attack people, however, we lead busy lives and far too many people take on a dog expecting the dog to simply fit round their lives and it is when they neglect the inherent needs of the dog that problems arise.

In the case of Jade Lomas-Anderson’s tragic death in 2013, Courts were told that the 14-year-old was mauled by a pack of dogs which were rarely walked, including one animal which was kept in a metal cage for long periods.

It is quite clear that bans need to be put in place based on behaviour, not breed, and until that is the case there is unlikely to be any protection in place against dog attacks as destroying healthy unaggressive dogs is not going to protect anyone and is an absolute disaster for animal welfare.

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At Ringrose Law, our Canine Law experts understand how important pets are to their owners/handlers. Indeed, it has been scientifically proven that dogs are the only animal to prefer the company of human beings to their own species so it comes as no surprise that we, likewise, often form extremely close bonds with a ‘man’s best friend’.

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