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Opposition welcomes 'common sense' dog law decision

Shadow Rural Affairs minister Antoinette Sandbach has welcomed the Welsh Government's decision to halt work on its Control of Dogs bill.

This common-sense decision that the Welsh Government is not going to plough its own furrow and will co-operate with the UK Government is a breath of fresh air.

This is a sensible decision given that the UK Government is already developing its own proposals which could include provisions to allow for the control of dangerous dogs.

This move also frees up capacity in the Assembly to scrutinise other worthy legislation.

This is a welcome decision, which can achieve the aim of ensuring the public and other animals are protected from the threat of a minority of dangerous dogs.

– Antoinette Sandbach AM, Shadow Rural Affairs minister


Welsh Government halts control of dogs law

The Welsh Government has halted its plans to introduce new laws on the control of dangerous dogs. The minister responsible, Alun Davies, has told AMs that he wants to look at working with counterparts in the UK Government on developing rules for both Wales and England.

As a result he says the Welsh Government has 'for the moment, suspended further work on the Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill.'

In discussions with the Home Office and Defra, it has become clear that there may be value in a joint collaborative approach. I will continue discussions with the UK Government with a view to considering whether early UK Parliamentary legislation would be the best vehicle to take forward our proposals in a coherent way.

– Alun Davies AM, Minister for Natural Resources and Food