The stepfather of a teenage girl mauled to death by a pack of dogs has welcomed proposals for life jail terms for owners of killer canines.
The owners of killer dogs could face life in prison - a huge leap from the current maximum of two years - under new proposals.
Merseyside Police are targeting irresponsible dog owners after a spate of animal attacks. They will stop owners out on streets and in parks.
The parents of a girl from Wigan who was mauled to death by dogs will meet with Peers at the House of Lords today.
Jade Lomas Anderson died in March when she was savaged by dogs at a friend's house.
Her parents want Peers to support an amendment to the dangerous dogs bill to introduce Dog Control Notices.
MPs will vote in Parliament today on whether to change the law over dangerous dogs following the death of a schoolgirl in Atherton.
Jade Anderson was mauled to death by a pack of dogs in March.
Bolton West MP Julie Hilling wants police to have more powers over dog controls.
The new measures could give police the power to removed suspect dogs from a property.
Police are searching for the owner of a dog who mauled a man's arm in the street before leaving the scene.
Phil McMullen has been left with horrific injuries after the unprovoked attack near his home in Levenshulme.
The government has opened a public consultation on whether they should amend the maximum sentence for an aggravated offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
The survey regards where someone allows a dog to be dangerously out of control and the dog injures or kills a person or an assistance dog.
The Government is asking people's views on whether the owners of killer dogs should face life in prison.
16 people have been killed by dogs since 2005 including Jade Lomas from Wigan and John Paul Massey from Liverpool.
The public consultation continues until September.
The owner of a Staffordshire bull terrier which decapitated another dog in public in Cheshire faces a possible jail sentence.
Pomeranian dog Elvis was subjected to a horrendous attack at the front gate of his home in Warrington last month, which was witnessed by a number of passers-by.
David Savage, 44, of Folly Lane, Warrington, pleaded guilty to being the owner of a dog dangerously out of control in a public place.Runcorn magistrates said he had shown no remorse over the offence and could attract a maximum six-month custodial term.
The court also heard that one witness said they saw Savage pick up Elvis's body after the attack and throw it under a car where it then landed in a neighbour's garden.
Surgeons in Liverpool have revealed they are treating hundreds of children each year for dog bite injuries. Specialists at the Alder Hey hospital say during the summer they deal with at least one case every day.
The statistics are being released as Police and the RSPCA launch an operation to tackle irresponsible dog owners. Ralph Blunsom reports.