Bike ride to London for dog death girl Jade Lomas-Anderson's campaign
THE step-dad of Jade Lomas-Anderson, the youngster killed by dogs in Atherton this year, and his best friend are cycling to London in a bid to raise awareness for Jade’s Campaign.
Michael Anderson will cycle side-by-side with neighbour Royston Brett to Westminster to try and persuade ministers to include a dangerous dog clause in the anti-social behaviour bill.
The pair will arrive on Monday morning, the day the bill is being debated by parliament, in T-shirts signed by any supporters they meet on their way down.
Royston, of Everest Road in Atherton, said: “I would like to see dog licences brought back so pet owners have to take their dogs to the vet on a yearly basis for an ‘MOT’. We have these for cars to make sure they are safe, shouldn’t it be the same for dogs?
“This will make sure people are looking after their dogs and if there are any problems they are spotted. This is a problem that is not going to go away and we need to get it through to the Government that the law needs to be changed.”
They will set off on Friday at 6pm from Manchester City’s Stadium of Light, the favourite team of the 14-year-old who was mauled to death by four dogs at a friend’s house in Atherton on March 26 this year.
Royston, 41, said: “We are taking small steps but we it is not just for what happened to Jade but because we don’t want it to happen to another family. The more support we get, the more likely it is we will get the law changed and encourage people to be responsible dog owners.”
He also hopes to raise between £2,000 and £3,000 to help fund the campaign.
Beverley Concannon admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the four dogs that attacked Jade, an offence for which a jail term may be involved.
Owners of dogs involved in a fatality currently face a maximum two years in prison.
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