Blue Cross urges prime minister to act on dangerous dogs11 Apr 2012
Following reports of three serious dog attacks on children in the last two weeks, Blue Cross has joined calls for the prime minister to take action on dangerous dogs.
In separate incidents, a 12-year-old girl was attacked on Sunday, while five-year-olds Haley Turner and Abbie Varrow were both left scarred for life after being bitten.
Blue Cross has now joined forces with the parents of four-year-old John Paul Massey, who was killed in Liverpool by his uncle’s pit bull terrier in 2009, who handed in an open letter at Downing Street to demand the prime minister takes action on dangerous dogs.
It’s now over 20 years since the Dangerous Dogs Act came into force and it’s still failing to prevent attacks on the public.
Steve Goody, Blue Cross director of external affairs, says: “With increasing numbers of dog attacks being reported and an absence of any announcement of the government’s intentions, it is high time that the prime minister takes control of the situation.
“The current Dangerous Dogs Act is totally inadequate. How many more children must be attacked before new proposals are unveiled?
“We need new legislation with tougher measures covering out of control dogs wherever they are and whatever the breed – allowing authorities to step in before attacks happen.”
Find out more about the Dangerous Dogs Act and what Blue Cross thinks of it.