Jade Campaign’s boost with charity cycle ride from Atherton to Westminster
5:10pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in NW
THE stepdad of Jade Lomas-Anderson 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 Westminister to try to 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 the 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 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’s Etihad stadium, the favourite team of the 14-year-old who was mauled to death by four dogs in Atherton on March 26.
“It is not just about 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,” said 41-year-old Royston.
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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