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RSPCA Warns Government on Dangerous Dog False Promises

The RSPCA has appealed for the coalition Government to take firm action on irresponsible pet owners as MPs prepare to take part in a fresh parliamentary debate on ‘dangerous’ dogs.

Politicians will gather in Westminster Hall tomorrow morning (Wednesday) to discuss the regulation of dangerous dogs as part of an adjournment debate called by Geoffrey Robinson, Labour MP for Coventry North West.

However, the RSPCA has appealed to MPs not to lay the blame squarely at the feet of the nation’s dog population and instead focus their attention on irresponsible owners. 

Claire Robinson, the RSPCA’s government relations manager, said: “This debate is about so-called ‘dangerous’ dogs, but the issue is much wider. If we don’t change the laws, then owners can still harm their dogs, train them to fight, encourage them to bite. We’ll still have huge numbers of injuries, to both people and pets. We’ll still have thousands of strays, and thus thousands euthanised. And the cost to the public will remain well over £70 million a year.

“Our appeal for improved legislation is nothing new. The coalition government itself even stated after the General Election that it would ‘…promote responsible pet ownership…and will ensure that enforcement agencies target irresponsible owners of dangerous dogs.’

“The Government pledged to do something about this – we need them to prove that statement was not a false promise.”

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  1. Lyn Laskus

    October 20, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Why doesnt the RSPCA urge State Governments to ensure that it is should be compulsory for Local Government to employ people who are qualfied dog behaviour assessors under the Australian Qulalifcation Framework or a level 3 police dog handler. These people are the only people qualfied to invesitagate the circumstances in relation to a serious dog attack. Local Law Officers have been known to have a conflict of interrest. Dangerous dogs will continue to be a threat to society when local Councils employ people from the street without these propert quaflfication. At the end of the day it will cost rate payers more if quaflifed peope are not employed and DNA is not used.

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