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Parents launch responsible dog owner campaign

by Ashley Derricott
Michael and Shirley Anderson being shown animal microchipping at an event near their home in Atherton. Credit: Ashley Derricott/ITV Granada

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.

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Responsible dog owner campaign launched

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.

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14-year-old Jade Lomas-Anderson died in March 2013 after dog attack Credit: Greater Manchester Police
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Michael Anderson (Jade's step-father) & Shirley Anderson (Jade's mum) pose with campaign supporters. Credit: Wigan Council

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.

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Hunt for dog owner after pet is mauled to death

The attacking dog's owner was caught on camera Credit: GMP

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.

The terrier, Daisy, died in the attack Credit: GMP

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.

The out-of-control dog that attacked the terrier Credit: GMP

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.

Dog laws not enough

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.

Dog that killed Liverpool man was not banned breed

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.

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