The parents of a teenager who was mauled to death by a pack of dogs are backing a new campaign aimed at preventing another such tragedy
One in every six hospital admissions for dog bites or attacks occurs in the north west of England, according to new figures.
Detectives investigating the death of a pensioner killed by an "out of control dog" are questioning two women on suspicion of manslaughter.
Michael and Shirley Anderson being shown animal microchipping at an event near their home in Atherton.
They've campaigned for safer dogs since their 14 year old daughter Jade was mauled to death by afriend's pets earlier this year.
The parents of Jade Lomas-Anderson are backing a campaign to make dog owners more responsible.
The 14 year old was maled to death in March by a pack of dogs at a friend's home in Atherton.
Today's event is the first of a series to take place across the Borough of Wigan.
The first awareness day will be held outside the Dorset Road Community Centre in Atherton today close to where Jade was attacked.
The event will start at 1pm and continue until 6pm.
Dog owners are invited to attend and seek advice.
Council officers and Blue Cross staff will hand out leaflets, dog bags and free neutering vouchers.
Owners will also be able to get their dog microchipped for free.
Meanwhile, the owner of the dogs that attacked Jade has been charged with animal cruelty offences.
Beverley Concannon, 45, of Almond Grove, Worsley Hall, Wigan, has been charged with three offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
She will appear at Wigan Magistrates' Court on Tuesday October 1.
One in every six hospital admissions for dog bites or attacks occurs in the north west of England, according to new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
Police in Manchester are searching for a dog owner whose out-of-control animal mauled a Yorkshire terrier to death.
The terrier, called Daisy, was attacked in the city's Spinningfields district on May 6 at 4.45pm.
Daisy was on her lead. The other dog was not. She suffered terrible injuries, and had to be put to sleep.
The terrier's owner managed to take a picture of the attacking Akita-type dog and its owner, as the man put the animal on a lead and calmly walked away.
PC Gavin Johnson says: “This poor dog was mauled to death in front of both the owner and shocked onlookers."
“I have absolutely no doubt that anyone who saw this would have been horrified and, no doubt, the image would have stayed with them."
Daisy's owner, Stephanie Hopwood - from Sandbach - is said to be traumatised by what happened.
The Labour & Co-operative MP for Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana Berger, has told the House of Commons that new proposed laws to tackle dangerous dogs do not go far enough. She also read out the names of 16 victims who have lost their lives in dog attacks.
She has been campaigning for a change in dangerous dog laws since the death of four-year-old John Paul Massey in 2009. As well as John-Paul Massey, the list of victims include 79-year-old pensioner Clifford Clarke, who was killed by a dog in Liverpool just two weeks ago.
Police have said that a dog that killed a pensioner in Liverpool was not a banned breed.
Clifford Clarke, who was 79, was savaged in the garden of his home in Clubmoor on Saturday
Two women have been questioned and released on bail.
Mr Clarke's family, paying tribute to him, have given their support to new laws for dog owners.
Our correspondent Ashley Derricott reports.