This week, we were shocked to read of the experience of Stephen Emms, editor of the Kentishtowner. Stephen was writing about his seven year-old Jack Russell called Pepper, who was attacked by two Staffordshire Bull Terriers in Highbury Fields in April. ‘She was bitten from nose to armpit and hind leg, with two punctures, including a deep one on her neck that, the vet told us, “just missed her lung”…’ His piece received a huge response. Under the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 an owner can be charged with an aggravated offence if their dog attacks a person – but there is no legislation to cover attacks on other dogs (or animals). The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) is considering an amendment to the law to address the issue of irresponsible owners in this respect and Stephen is encouraging people to participate in Defra’s consultation, which ends on June 15.
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