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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.

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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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