A postman from Sheffield who was attacked on his round by two dogs has welcomed the announcement that part of the dangerous dogs act is to be extended. Paul Coleman still bares the scars of when he was set upon by the Staffordshire crosses five years ago.
Both his legs were so badly bitten that he is now registered as disabled. He says the change, which will make it legal to prosecute owners whose animals have attacked people on PRIVATE land, is a law he's been campaigning for.
Owners of dangerous dogs are facing tougher penalties. If your dog injures someone in a public place you could now face a prison sentence of up to eighteen months.
But, even if no-one's injured, owners could get six months if the dog is deemed to be out of control. Shania Bannister from Chesterfield had to have her face rebuilt after she was savaged by a Japanese Akita. Her mum says the new measures still don't go far enough.
Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk and Filey, will be part of the team of MPs looking at the Government's ideas for tackling dangerous dogs.
Miss McIntosh said
**“Attacks by out of control dogs are on the increase with tragic impacts on individuals, families and communities. Our inquiry will look closely at whether the Government is doing enough to tackle the problem of irresponsible dog owners and to improve the welfare of all dogs@
A North Yorkshire MP is launching an inquiry into dog control. Anne McIntosh MP and other members of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will be looking at issues surrounding dog control and welfare.
It is as they assess Government proposals for tackling irresponsible dog ownership and breeding.