VIDEO: Jade's parents want to create safer communities with campaign
4:43pm Friday 27th September 2013 in NW
THE parents of Jade Lomas-Anderson hope that Jade’s Campaign will create safer communities.
Jade’s mum Shirley Anderson and step-dad Michael attended the launch of the campaign to encourage and educate dog owners to take responsibility for their pets in Atherton today, Friday.
Michael said: “We are starting this campaign so we can spread as much information and educate as many people as possible. The main focus is to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else and to create safer communities.
“I think dog control notices are one of our main priorities and it is about enforcing it if you don’t look after your animals or out of control dogs and there is some punishment for that. You go to court for not paying your TV license but not for having an out of control dog.
“In public, all dogs should be on a lead and muzzled. I always say to people that you just never know, it can take a split second for something to happen and that needs to be changed."
The campaign is not focused on certain breeds of dog but on educating all owners about how to control them and prevent similar incidents.
Michael said: “The support has been great, everyone is working together because we all want to do something for our communities and it is not just here, it is all over the country. Things can change if people can try and do what we are doing now, the figures say it all.
“I think this is important, it gets the community together and chat with each other and we want to see this all over the country.
"We just don’t want other people to go what we went through, we lost our daughter.”
Free microchipping and behaviour advice were available at the event outside Dorset Road Community Centre.
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