Dog Control and Welfare

Dog Control and Welfare

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DEFRA's belated proposals to tackle irresponsible dog ownership are too limited. Since 2007 dogs have killed seven people, including five children, in private homes. The NHS also spends over Ap3 million annually treating dog attack injuries. Some eight assistance dogs a month, and thousands of livestock annually, are attacked by dogs. The Home Office approach to tackling antisocial behaviour is too simplistic; and fails to reflect the impact that poor breeding and training by irresponsible owners can have on a dog's behaviour. New rules should give enforcement officers more effective powers, including Dog Control Notices, to prevent dog-related antisocial behaviour. Local authorities need to devote more resources to the effective management of stray dogs. MPs call for changes in the legislation to give powers to extend the banned list to include other dogs with particularly aggressive characteristics. At the same time, those tasked to enforce legislation should have the discretion to neuter rather than destroy a banned animal where a particular dog poses no threat. The Advisory Council on Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding should be given a formal regulatory role to enforce standards. Any breeder producing more than two litters per year should be licensed and subject to welfare checks. The Kennel Club should stop registering puppies from breeders not compliant with its own Assured Breeder Scheme. It should also commission an independent annual review of Breed Standards led by vets to eliminate health problems linked to breeding for exaggerated characteristics. Lastly, MPs call on websites advertising pets to develop a voluntary Code of PracticeThe CWU would support the RSPCA suggestion and very much supported the Northern Ireland Dog Control Legislation ... Attacks on guide dogs by other dogs is an issue that Guide Dogs For The Blind is increasingly concerned about and theanbsp;...

Title:Dog Control and Welfare
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2013-02-15


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