…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Campaigners Call for Urgent Law Reform
Campaigners are urging for immediate changes to the law following two recent dog attacks, resulting in the death of a grandmother and the severe mauling of an 11-year-old boy.
These incidents have brought the total number of fatalities from dog attacks to five this year alone.
Advocates argue that the current list of four banned dog breeds, regulated under the Dangerous Dogs Act, fails to address the larger issue of attacks by various breeds, leading to injuries and fatalities among both adults and children.
Rising Concerns and Calls for Action
Labour MP Wayne David expresses growing concerns over the escalating number of dog attacks and related deaths, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The surge in dog ownership during lockdown has raised the need for a comprehensive approach to dog control.
Instead of focusing solely on specific breeds, there is a call for a broader approach that encompasses all types of dogs, including American XL bullies, which have been involved in numerous fatal incidents.
Previous Fatal Attacks
In addition to the recent cases, four other victims have lost their lives in dog attacks this year.
In January, Natasha Johnston, a dog walker, was fatally mauled in Caterham, Surrey, by an American XL Bully, which was subsequently euthanized.
In Milton Keynes, four-year-old Alice Stones was attacked by a family pet that was not of a banned breed and had to be put down by armed police.
In April, Wayne Stevens, 51, was savaged by a dog owned by his older brother in Derby.
In May, Jonathan Hogg, 37, was fatally mauled by a dog believed to be an XL Bully in Leigh.
Investigation and Tragic Incident
The most recent victim, a grandmother, tragically lost her life in Bedworth, Warwickshire, on Friday afternoon.
Her daughter and son-in-law have been arrested on suspicion of possessing a banned breed and owning a dangerously out-of-control dog.
Authorities are investigating whether the dog involved falls under the four breeds banned by the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991, which include pit bull terriers, Japanese tosas, dogo argentinos, and fila braseileiros.
According to a neighbor, the attack occurred while the grandmother was sunbathing in her backyard on a sun lounger.
The family is shocked and devastated, with the son-in-law expressing confusion over the sudden aggression of the dog.
The tragic incidents of dog attacks highlight the need for comprehensive legislation and dog control measures.
While specific breeds may be associated with certain risks, it is important to recognize that responsible dog ownership and education play significant roles in preventing such incidents.
Efforts to address this issue should consider a more inclusive approach to promote safety for all individuals, regardless of dog breed.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn