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Dogs Trust to MPs: Dangerous Dog Legislation Needs Leadership

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Dogs Trust launches policy document on irresponsible dog ownership and calls for MPs to do more on leading the legislative changes on dangerous dog owners.

Dogs Trust this week called on MPs to join the charity in tackling irresponsible dog ownership at its annual House of Commons reception hosted by Jim Fitzpatrick MP. 

Dogs Trust unveiled a stunning photographic display alongside a policy summary, depicting the work carried out by the charity within communities to help reduce the problems associated with irresponsible dog ownership. The event provided a platform for MPs to talk to Dogs Trust staff about the work carried out on the ground to encourage owners to train, neuter and microchip their dogs.

The launch of ‘Taking The Lead, Tackling Irresponsible Dog Ownership’ follows the government’s recent announcement on irresponsible dog ownership. Dogs Trust has urged the government to seize this opportunity to introduce meaningful reform rather than tinkering with existing dangerous dog legislation.

Clarissa Baldwin, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust, said:

“Dogs Trust works with over 300 local authorities to tackle the root causes of irresponsible dog ownership. We know from working in affected communities that this is a complex social issue; one that requires a multi-agency approach to target harder to reach groups. As the largest dog welfare charity in the UK, we believe that we’re in the best position to promote change by engaging with dog owners, schools, dog wardens, young offenders, housing associations and the police. We hope that MPs will support the work that we are doing by pushing ahead with better and more effective legislation, which holds dog owners to account and better protects the public”

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