Jade Lomas-Anderson's dad praises move to give tougher sentences to irresponsible dog owners

The Bolton News: Michael Lomas and Shirley Anderson with MP Julie Hilling, outside parliament, when they lobbied for changes to the dangerous dog laws Michael Lomas and Shirley Anderson with MP Julie Hilling, outside parliament, when they lobbied for changes to the dangerous dog laws

THE stepfather of a teenager mauled to death by a pack of dogs has praised the introduction of tougher sentences for irresponsible owners.

But Michael Lomas, the stepfather of Jade Lomas-Anderson, aged 14, said work still needs to be done to protect people from dangerous dogs.

New powers have been introduced this week meaning that dog owners will no longer be immune from prosecution if their dog attacks someone in the home.

The maximum sentence for the owner of a dog that kills someone has been raised from two years to 14 years.

Jade, a Fred Longworth High School pupil, from Atherton, suffered fatal injuries after being set upon by four dogs at her friend’s home in Chaucer Grove, Atherton, on March 26 last year.

Mr Lomas said: “It is fantastic that sentencing lengths have been improved. That is what we have been campaigning for.

“It is great news but we still think more needs to be done. We think more needs to be done with prevention to stop it from happening in the first place.

“We have always said we have wanted something positive to come from Jade’s death.

“We have lost a daughter and it is heartbreaking every day. We can’t get any justice. The dog owners’ animals mauled our daughter to death. We have to live with it every single day.”

Owner of the killer dogs Beverley Concannon, aged 45, of Almond Grove, Worsley Hall, Wigan, was sentenced to a 16 week jail term suspended, last year after admitting three offences including causing unnecessary suffering to her pets.

She was sentenced when people were immune from prosecution if their dog attacked someone in the home.

Supt Mark Kenny, from GMP, who was involved in the investigation into Jade’s death, said the change means dog owners can be prosecuted regardless of where the crime took place.

Supt Kenny said: “People have probably been more relaxed in the past about it — 99 per cent of dog owners are responsible. It’s the tiny amount who don’t look after pets while they are in a public place or in their own home.”

He said there is now legislation for dangerous dogs who attack assistance dogs, such as guide dogs. However, some dog owners will have a defence if their pet attacks intruders.

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8:46pm Tue 13 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Does this apply to people who walk their dog without a leash in public?

I hope so... also people should be able to issue a ticket to dog owners who allow their dog off their leash to sh!t on our lawns and footpaths. In fact why has the council/police not seen the niche where an animal control warden is on patrol looking out for people allowing their dogs to cr@p all over the place.

ALL dogs should have an electronic tag, all dogs should have a DNA tracer attached to that tag. An owner caught with a dog without a tag should be fined. A dog with a tag can be returned should it go missing.

A DNA trace can be performed on sh!t on the park, footpaths, school grounds, football fields etc - an the owners traced and fined.

It is not hard to implement and would go a long way to making this town safer and cleaner. Plus bring in some revenue.

It is simple really.

http://www.gtldna.co
.uk/news/dna-test-to
-trace-pet-poo-to-ow
ners-011.html
Does this apply to people who walk their dog without a leash in public? I hope so... also people should be able to issue a ticket to dog owners who allow their dog off their leash to sh!t on our lawns and footpaths. In fact why has the council/police not seen the niche where an animal control warden is on patrol looking out for people allowing their dogs to cr@p all over the place. ALL dogs should have an electronic tag, all dogs should have a DNA tracer attached to that tag. An owner caught with a dog without a tag should be fined. A dog with a tag can be returned should it go missing. A DNA trace can be performed on sh!t on the park, footpaths, school grounds, football fields etc - an the owners traced and fined. It is not hard to implement and would go a long way to making this town safer and cleaner. Plus bring in some revenue. It is simple really. http://www.gtldna.co .uk/news/dna-test-to -trace-pet-poo-to-ow ners-011.html Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 5

9:08pm Tue 13 May 14

boltonnut says...

I agree with the above comment.On Sunday a dog on a 40 foot lead walked up on my property and deposited a large mound of excrement.The owner mumbled an apology,some thing about the dog being stupid,I replied there's buggar all wrong with the dog it's the owner that's stupid,he proceeded to clean up the mess but left a big skid mark on my lawn,when I told to do a proper job he got stroppy so I obliged his mood there and then,the end result is I've never seen this @rsehole since or his dogs for that matter.
I agree with the above comment.On Sunday a dog on a 40 foot lead walked up on my property and deposited a large mound of excrement.The owner mumbled an apology,some thing about the dog being stupid,I replied there's buggar all wrong with the dog it's the owner that's stupid,he proceeded to clean up the mess but left a big skid mark on my lawn,when I told to do a proper job he got stroppy so I obliged his mood there and then,the end result is I've never seen this @rsehole since or his dogs for that matter. boltonnut
  • Score: 3

9:18pm Tue 13 May 14

boltonnut says...

I was just wondering if there's a law against farmers who let their dogs run wild killing sheep and smalldogs inbetween biting people's fingers off.I believe this idiot got away with a slap on the wrist.He wouldn't identify which dogs were loose so no action was taken against the dogs.He should have been given the option of identifying the animals or take the lot of them from him.
I was just wondering if there's a law against farmers who let their dogs run wild killing sheep and smalldogs inbetween biting people's fingers off.I believe this idiot got away with a slap on the wrist.He wouldn't identify which dogs were loose so no action was taken against the dogs.He should have been given the option of identifying the animals or take the lot of them from him. boltonnut
  • Score: 2

2:00am Wed 14 May 14

jackie fitzharris says...

Yes and the people who let their dogs of their leads on tonge cemetry and let them p!ss and s**t on peoples resting place no shame what so ever some people .
Yes and the people who let their dogs of their leads on tonge cemetry and let them p!ss and s**t on peoples resting place no shame what so ever some people . jackie fitzharris
  • Score: 1

7:22am Wed 14 May 14

Wolfie190 says...

boltonnut wrote:
I was just wondering if there's a law against farmers who let their dogs run wild killing sheep and smalldogs inbetween biting people's fingers off.I believe this idiot got away with a slap on the wrist.He wouldn't identify which dogs were loose so no action was taken against the dogs.He should have been given the option of identifying the animals or take the lot of them from him.
No comments allowed on that article. Guy lives on an isolated farm after serving a substantial prison sentence breeds very dangerous dogs and doesnt keep them under control then gets let off when they kill and maim. Not the sort of guy you would want as a neighbour.
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: I was just wondering if there's a law against farmers who let their dogs run wild killing sheep and smalldogs inbetween biting people's fingers off.I believe this idiot got away with a slap on the wrist.He wouldn't identify which dogs were loose so no action was taken against the dogs.He should have been given the option of identifying the animals or take the lot of them from him.[/p][/quote]No comments allowed on that article. Guy lives on an isolated farm after serving a substantial prison sentence breeds very dangerous dogs and doesnt keep them under control then gets let off when they kill and maim. Not the sort of guy you would want as a neighbour. Wolfie190
  • Score: 3

10:41am Wed 14 May 14

magic dragon says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Does this apply to people who walk their dog without a leash in public?

I hope so... also people should be able to issue a ticket to dog owners who allow their dog off their leash to sh!t on our lawns and footpaths. In fact why has the council/police not seen the niche where an animal control warden is on patrol looking out for people allowing their dogs to cr@p all over the place.

ALL dogs should have an electronic tag, all dogs should have a DNA tracer attached to that tag. An owner caught with a dog without a tag should be fined. A dog with a tag can be returned should it go missing.

A DNA trace can be performed on sh!t on the park, footpaths, school grounds, football fields etc - an the owners traced and fined.

It is not hard to implement and would go a long way to making this town safer and cleaner. Plus bring in some revenue.

It is simple really.

http://www.gtldna.co

.uk/news/dna-test-to

-trace-pet-poo-to-ow

ners-011.html
Point 1.... It is against the law to allow your dog off the lead in a public place,

Point 2.... There are dog wardens employed by the Council regularly patrolling, but it would be impossible to police every street etc 24/7

Point 3.... From 2015 all dogs will need to be chipped by law.

The simple answer is that whatever laws are passed, it is still the owners who nee to educate their dogs.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Does this apply to people who walk their dog without a leash in public? I hope so... also people should be able to issue a ticket to dog owners who allow their dog off their leash to sh!t on our lawns and footpaths. In fact why has the council/police not seen the niche where an animal control warden is on patrol looking out for people allowing their dogs to cr@p all over the place. ALL dogs should have an electronic tag, all dogs should have a DNA tracer attached to that tag. An owner caught with a dog without a tag should be fined. A dog with a tag can be returned should it go missing. A DNA trace can be performed on sh!t on the park, footpaths, school grounds, football fields etc - an the owners traced and fined. It is not hard to implement and would go a long way to making this town safer and cleaner. Plus bring in some revenue. It is simple really. http://www.gtldna.co .uk/news/dna-test-to -trace-pet-poo-to-ow ners-011.html[/p][/quote]Point 1.... It is against the law to allow your dog off the lead in a public place, Point 2.... There are dog wardens employed by the Council regularly patrolling, but it would be impossible to police every street etc 24/7 Point 3.... From 2015 all dogs will need to be chipped by law. The simple answer is that whatever laws are passed, it is still the owners who nee to educate their dogs. magic dragon
  • Score: 1

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