Family call for dog law change

The mother and step-father of 14-year-old Jade Anderson, believed to have been killed after being attacked by dogs, have called for tougher measures on the owners of dangerous dogs.

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Jade Anderson's family call for tougher measures

The mother and step-father of 14-year-old Jade Anderson, believed to have been killed after being attacked by dogs, have called for tougher measures on the owners of dangerous dogs.

Shirley and Mike Anderson on This Morning. Credit: ITV's This Morning

Shirley Anderson and her partner Mike told ITV's This Morning they were "not blaming any particular breeds" and "it is the owners who should be held responsible."

They suggested that the number of dogs in a household needed to be limited to two.

Family of dog attack victim demand change in law

Jade Anderson died after being attacked by four dogs on March 26. Credit: Facebook

The family of teenage dog attack victim Jade Anderson have launched a petition to change the law after police said they were unlikely to prosecute anybody over the attack.

The four dogs involved in the fatal attack on the 14-year-old, which happened on private property, were not illegal breeds. Greater Manchester Police said last week they could not prove a crime had been committed.

More than 400 people have supported the "Justice for Jade" online petition, set up by relative John Anderson, which will trigger a Commons debate if it reaches 100,000 signatures.

He believes dog owners should be made accountable for their dogs on private property, and urged for more regulation of "certain" breeds. The petition says he wants to save other families from "suffering like we have".

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Dog attack: No 'evidence to prove a crime committed'

Police investigating the death of 14-year-old Jade Anderson, who was killed after being attacked by dogs, said "we do not have anything evidentially to categorically prove a crime has been committed."

The teenager was found alone with five dogs at her house in Wigan on March 26.

Teenager Jade Anderson was found dead in a house where police also found five "aggressive and out of control" dogs. Credit: Facebook

A Greater Manchester Police statement said: "At this stage of the enquiry, we do not have anything evidentially to categorically prove a crime has been committed, therefore it is unlikely at this stage we will be seeking to bring a prosecution.

"That is not to say that no prosecution will ever be brought and we still have a number of inquiries to make.

"While we do not want to be drawn on the politics surrounding the legislation of dangerous dogs, we are nonetheless bound by the law.

"As always our thoughts are with Jade's family and we continue to offer them support at such a difficult time of their lives."

'No decision' on prosecutions after apparent dog attack

Police investigating the death of 14-year-old Jade Anderson who was found dead in Wigan following an apparent dog attack have said no decisions have been made about whether any prosecutions will be brought.

A policeman stands near the scene where the body of 14-year-old Jade Anderson was found. Credit: Press Association

Superintendent Mark Kenny, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "...Speculation in the media about the fact the investigation has already concluded and that there will be no prosecutions is both inaccurate and even more distressing to the family.

"I want to make it clear that we have made absolutely no decision on whether any prosecutions will be brought.

"It is extremely important for Jade's family that we conduct a thorough investigation into the facts and speak to everyone involved so we can build up an accurate picture of the events leading up to Jade's tragic death."

Boyfriend: Jade Anderson was ‘a beautiful girl’

The boyfriend of a 14-year-old girl who appears to have been mauled to death by a pack of dogs has made an emotional tribute.

Josh Pheasey, 13, told The Sun that Jade Anderson was "a beautiful girl" who "wouldn't hurt a fly".

I don't know what I'm going to do. I just know that I miss her.

I haven't really slept at all and I can't see it getting any easier.

I went to bed at 11pm last night and was still awake at 4am.

– Josh Pheasey

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Government criticised over 'fatally flawed' dogs law

The Government has been criticised for failing to change its "fatally flawed" dangerous dogs law following the tragic death of schoolgirl Jade Anderson.

The teenager was discovered with wounds consistent with a dog attack at a property in Greater Manchester yesterday but it emerged that the incident may not lead to a criminal prosecution.

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 currently states that:

  • It is an offence to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place or in a private place where it is not allowed to be.
  • The ownership of certain types of dog, such as the Pit Bull Terrier, is prohibited.

The Kennel Club welcomed proposals to extend legislation to apply to attacks that take place on private property but said Dog Control Notices "urgently" need to be introduced to deal with the owners of dogs that are out of control.

We do not know the specific circumstances surrounding this incident, but the fact that dog related incidents continue to occur highlights how ineffective the current dangerous dogs legislation is.

“We wonder how many more tragedies must take place before the government admits that the breed specific legislation in the Dangerous Dogs Act is fatally flawed, wasting limited police resources on seizing dogs of a particular breed, rather than focusing on dogs of any breed that are out of control.

– Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary

Teen's family 'in shock and very upset'

Superintendent Mark Kenny said he was not aware that the dogs were unlawful but experts are due to confirm exactly what breed they were.

Refusing to be drawn into commenting on laws governing dangerous dogs, he said:

I am sure this will spark a further debate but that is not for today, for me now.

My priority now is the family of Jade, my priority is to find out what's happened here and to work within the law and the legislation as it stands now.

Mr Kenny said to describe the situation as tragic was an understatement and that Jade's family were still in shock and "clearly very upset".

He said that Jade knew the family, and had stayed at the address before, but officers are looking into how well she knew the dogs.

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