MPs want stricter dog rules

The Government's moves to tackle irresponsible dog ownership do not go far enough, a committee of MPs has warned, announcing plans to close a loophole which allowed owners to escape prosecution if the animal attacked someone in a private property.

Government should 'act before' a dog attack happens

The chairwoman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, Anne McIntosh has backed Government proposals to tackle irresponsible dog ownership.

Anne McIntosh, chairwoman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee Credit: Daybreak

But speaking to Daybreak she expressed concerns that changes would not be acted on quick enough.

She said: "The government should act before an attack happens."

Government: 'Urgent action' on dangerous dogs

A Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokesman has responded to claims that dog ownership laws are too "limited".

This Government is taking urgent action to protect the public from dangerous dogs.

We are changing the law so that owners can be prosecuted for dog attacks on private property and our anti-social behaviour reforms will give the police and local agencies more effective powers to deal with owners who fail to take responsibility for their dogs.

– Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokesman

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Dog ownership proposals are 'limited in scope'

The chairwoman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has warned that the Government needs to strengthen laws on down ownership. Anne McIntosh said:

Eight people, including six children, have died as a result of dog attacks since 2007; annual costs to the NHS of treating dog attack injuries are around £3 million; and some eight assistance dogs and hundreds of livestock are attacked each month.

She added:

The draft Bill's proposals are welcome, but are limited in scope and far short of providing a comprehensive and effective regime for tackling the increasing problem of out-of-control dogs.

Strong measures to prevent dog attacks are conspicuously absent - in particular targeted Dog Control Notices. The Government must bring together the disparate dog control and breeding legislation into a single, comprehensive Act.

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MPs say dog ownership laws do not go far enough

MPs have warned that the Government's moves to tackle irresponsible dog ownership do not go far enough.

Moves to tackle irresponsible dog ownership do not go far enough MPs warn Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Plans to close a loophole which allowed dog owners to escape prosecution if the animal attacked someone in a private property have been announced.

Backed by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, it said the plans fell short of creating a "comprehensive and effective regime for tackling the increasing problem of out-of-control dogs".

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