Family of tragic Jade call for "dog ASBOs"
THE stepfather of a teenage girl mauled to death by a pack of dogs has called for action to be taken to stop the attacks happening.
Fourteen-year-old Jade Lomas-Anderson, died in a dog attack in March in Atherton.
The owner of the dog was not prosecuted because of the current legislation.
Michael Anderson, Jade’s stepfather, said: “It’s good that the government is toughening up sentences, but what we really want is to prevent attacks happening in the first place.
“Dog control notices won’t stop all dog attacks, but they will be a really big help and it’s really important they are brought in.”
Dog control notices, sometimes dubbed “dog asbos”, are intended to make irresponsible owners act before their dog carries out a serious attack.
Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has been lobbying the Government to introduce powerful dog orders which aim to prevent serious attacks by dealing with bad behaviour at an early stage.
He said: “We’re a nation of animal lovers and dogs make both wonderful pets and companions. But sadly there are irresponsible dog owners out there who refuse to control their animals. We’ve seen the tragic consequences that this leads to, most recently when Jade was killed by an out-of-control dog.
“It’s really welcome news that the government is planning to give more powers to the courts when owners allow their animals to attack, but we all know that prevention is better than cure. Dog control notices are a vital tool to ensure that action is taken by irresponsible owners before it gets to the stage that someone is seriously injured or killed.”
People can have their say by completing a short survey via gmpcc.org.uk/dogs. .
Mr Lloyd will then write to the government and urge them to reintroduce the measure to the bill.
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