Jade-Lomas Anderson's family welcomes tougher laws on dogs
THE family of an Atherton girl who was mauled to death by a pack of dogs has welcomed plans to raise the maximum jail term for owners of killer dogs.
The owners can now be jailed up to 14 years, up from two.
Jade Lomas Anderson was killed by a pack of dogs in March but her step-father Michael Anderson believes still more needs to be done to prevent such attacks.
The 14-year-old died after being attacked by two bull mastiffs and two Staffordshire bull terriers while visiting a friend.
The owner of the dogs, Beverley Concannon avoided jail after a trial earlier this month. Instead she received a 16 week suspended sentence and £165 surcharge.
Speaking on the planned changes to the law, Mr Anderson said: “We are pleased with the news because it means that, unlike us, people will be able to get some justice when these things happen.”
He described the sentence handed to Beverley Concannon as “disgusting” and “a joke” and said more needed to be done.
“This is a step forward but we need to look at preventative measures to stop attacks happening, that’s what we have been campaigning for.
“We want to see dog control notices and a dedicated organisation which will deal with the issue of dangerous dogs in an organised way.”
He was backed by Bolton West MP Julie Hilling, who has been campaigning for the implementation of dog control notices which would permit authorised officers to issue certain conditions on the owners of dogs that have been deemed to be out of control.
She said: “The Government must also do more to prevent attacks in the first place. Ministers should drop their opposition to the introduction of Dog Control Notices, proposed by Labour to urgently address the rising tide of injuries and deaths like the fatal attack by dogs on my constituent Jade Lomas-Anderson and I will continue to fight for this.”
Other measures to be introduced under the new laws include a maximum five-year sentence for owners of dog that injure a person and three years for the owners of dogs that attack, injure or kill a guide dog. A government consultation found that 91 per cent of the 3,180 people who responded wanted maximum sentences increased.
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