Police commissioner backs Jade's family's call for dog law change
11:35am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
BOLTON’S Police and Crime Commissioner is calling on the government to rethink its decision not to include dog control orders in its new legislation.
Tougher punishments for owners of dangerous dogs have been passed by Parliament — although an amendment to the anti-social behaviour, crime and policing bill, which would have seen the introduction of the orders, was rejected.
Bolton West MP Julie Hilling backed by the parents of tragic 14-year-old Jade Lomas-Anderson, who was mauled to death by a pack of dogs, in calling for the amendment to be included during a debate earlier this week.
Dog control notices would force irresponsible dog owners to control their pets and help prevent attacks.
Crime commissioner Tony Lloyd has welcomed tougher sentences for owners who allow their animals to attack but said the government had “missed a trick” not including the amendement.
He is now calling on the Government to rethink the legislation as it moves into the House of Lords and will be calling on peers to push for this amendment.
Mr Lloyd said: “It’s a common sense measure and the Government has missed an opportunity to help prevent future tragedies and spare families the pain and loss suffered by Jade’s family.
“But the fight is not over and I will continue to push for this measure to be introduced.
“I asked the people of Greater Manchester for their support on this and the overwhelming response was they welcome tougher prevention measures.”
Ms Hilling added: “Dog control notices are sensible proposals and I believe the Government have got it wrong by not introducing them. But as the bill goes through the House of Lords we will continue campaigning for these tougher measures to protect our communities and prevent attacks happening in the first place.”
Dog control notices, sometimes dubbed “Dog Asbos”, are intended to make irresponsible owners act before their pet carries out a serious attack.
They force owners to modify their behaviour through measures like forcing them to muzzle their dogs in public or by having them microchipped or neutered.
Owners can also be fined and made to take their dogs on behavioural training.
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