CALLING FOR TOUGH ACTION on dangerous dogs – Gwynne

dog_1535112cDenton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne has today called for the Government to accept Labour plans to take tough new action on dangerous dogs by voting to give tough new powers to local authorities.

After the Government voted against similar measures during the Commons committee stage of the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, Gwynne is backing a new proposal to help keep the public safe and stop dangerous dog attacks.

Labour’s proposals which are backed by the RSPCA, Battersea Dogs Home, The British Veterinary Association, the pet Charity Blue Cross, the Communication Workers Union and the Association of Police Chief Constables come in the wake of the deaths of eight adults and nine children since 2005 due to out of control dogs.

The new law would introduce Dog Control Notices in England and Wales and would give local authorities the ability to take action against people in charge of out of control dogs and to take early action to stop problems before they happen.

12 people have been killed in dog attacks since 2005, but despite this the government have so far rejected calls from Labour and others and have voted against introducing Dog Control Notices and giving kids and communities the protection they need from dangerous dogs.

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.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“I’m 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 so I am now calling for real action in September.

“Dangerous dogs are a serious threat to people across the country, with increasing attacks..  Labour agrees with the charities who are experts in this area, and we 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.

“The changes we want to introduce would mean that the tough laws that have been so successful in Scotland in helping stop these terrible attacks would be extended across the UK.  This important power would mean the police and local authorities could take action at the first sign of problems rather than having to wait until a tragedy has already occurred.

“Members of the public will rightly wonder why the government won’t give local authorities the powers they need to stop dangerous dog attacks, and why they won’t get a grip on this issue and keep people safe.”

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