Rise in danger dogs seized by Lancashire police

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

First published in East Lancashire Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE number of dangerous dogs seized by police in Lancashire has gone up, new figures reveal.

Police have reported a rise in the number of dogs seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act, including banned breeds, and those that att-acked people and other pets.

Animal charities have call- ed for ‘drastic changes’ to dangerous dog laws ahead of changes set to be enf-orced tomorrow, which will make it possible for owners to be prosecuted for dog attacks on private property.

It follows the death of 14-year-old Jade Anderson who was savaged by four dogs, believed to be two bull mastiffs and two Stafford-shire bull terriers, as she visited the home of a friend, near Wigan, in March last year.

Lancashire Constabulary is among a large number of forces nationwide that rep-orted a rise in the number of dangerous dogs seized last year, with 118 seized in 2013, up from 116 in 2012. Breeds banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act include any pitbull types, Japanese Tosa, Fila Brasileiro and Dogo Argentino.

Hyndburn and Hasling-den MP Graham Jones said more needs to be done to tackle dangerous dogs.

He said: “It has become fashionable for young adult males who do not have much hope in life, and who can often be aggressive, to own aggressive dogs. They lead disfunctional lives and, I sometimes wonder, if they are not capable of looking after themselves, how they can look after these animals.

“It does not surprise me that the numbers of dogs being seized have gone up.

“We have got to revisit the issue of dog ownership.

“It is a shame for the dogs as they are brought up to be aggressive and, in the end, they are being destroyed, and that is really sad.”

The Dogs Trust said it had been arguing for ‘drastic changes’ in dangerous dog laws, and claimed that oth-er legislation did not go far enough to tackle irresp-onsible dog owners.

A spokeswoman added: “There is a clear need for a fundamental overhaul of dog legislation.”

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9:31am Mon 12 May 14

ikap22 says...

There's few dog's and irresponsible owner's I know that shouldn't be on the streets, wish they take them away soon.😡
There's few dog's and irresponsible owner's I know that shouldn't be on the streets, wish they take them away soon.😡 ikap22
  • Score: 5

10:09am Mon 12 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ikap22 wrote:
There's few dog's and irresponsible owner's I know that shouldn't be on the streets, wish they take them away soon.😡
Problem is it's NOT the dogs who are irresponsible ! It's the OWNERS in MOST CASES
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: There's few dog's and irresponsible owner's I know that shouldn't be on the streets, wish they take them away soon.😡[/p][/quote]Problem is it's NOT the dogs who are irresponsible ! It's the OWNERS in MOST CASES ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 12

11:23am Mon 12 May 14

K7****7 says...

If a dog owner cannot either keep an aggresive dog on a lead or muzzle him/her then yes the law should be changed and stiffer penalties should be enforced for the owners (not the dogs who would rather have their dog put to death than keep it on a lead.
If a dog owner cannot either keep an aggresive dog on a lead or muzzle him/her then yes the law should be changed and stiffer penalties should be enforced for the owners (not the dogs who would rather have their dog put to death than keep it on a lead. K7****7
  • Score: 4

11:13pm Mon 12 May 14

Rob hammond says...

Shame on the mp for his bigoted and blinkered view of young people, and shame on this newspaper for using this picture, which has been used by many papers... The dog in the photo is not being aggressive, it is SNEEZING. I have 2 Staffies i share my life with, they are well behaved easy to train , eager to please, just as the breed is in general... Most of these attacks are down to irresponsible ownership.
If you want to drive a car ( a potentially lethal weapon) You must first be trained in the proper handling of it by a qualified instructor... you then must take a test to prove you are competent. After purchasing insurance you can then take it out in public.. If you injure or kill someone with this vehicle, the public does not cry out for all Ford Focus to be scrapped, but quite rightly blame the person in charge of that vehicle. As a responsible owner, I would be happy to see this model applied to dogs. There is no actual bad breed, just bad ownership and this happens to any breed that becomes popular, as it has in the past with Rottweilers , Dobermans and German Shepards. The main reason that the SBT is so popular is because it is such a great family dog... only one of 2 breeds to be recommended as great with children by the Kennel club, and scores higher than any other breed in temperament tests. The main reason that these sort of incidents are rising is because any idiot can own a dog. Time to come down hard on bad ownership, not on the majority of caring responsible owners.
Shame on the mp for his bigoted and blinkered view of young people, and shame on this newspaper for using this picture, which has been used by many papers... The dog in the photo is not being aggressive, it is SNEEZING. I have 2 Staffies i share my life with, they are well behaved easy to train , eager to please, just as the breed is in general... Most of these attacks are down to irresponsible ownership. If you want to drive a car ( a potentially lethal weapon) You must first be trained in the proper handling of it by a qualified instructor... you then must take a test to prove you are competent. After purchasing insurance you can then take it out in public.. If you injure or kill someone with this vehicle, the public does not cry out for all Ford Focus to be scrapped, but quite rightly blame the person in charge of that vehicle. As a responsible owner, I would be happy to see this model applied to dogs. There is no actual bad breed, just bad ownership and this happens to any breed that becomes popular, as it has in the past with Rottweilers , Dobermans and German Shepards. The main reason that the SBT is so popular is because it is such a great family dog... only one of 2 breeds to be recommended as great with children by the Kennel club, and scores higher than any other breed in temperament tests. The main reason that these sort of incidents are rising is because any idiot can own a dog. Time to come down hard on bad ownership, not on the majority of caring responsible owners. Rob hammond
  • Score: 12

12:33am Tue 13 May 14

Rob hammond says...

K7****7 wrote:
If a dog owner cannot either keep an aggresive dog on a lead or muzzle him/her then yes the law should be changed and stiffer penalties should be enforced for the owners (not the dogs who would rather have their dog put to death than keep it on a lead.
Although i agree that a dangerous dog should be on a lead and muzzled in public ( as is required by law ) , i am left wondering whether you were referring to actual dangerous dogs ( on a case by case basis ) or if you were indeed falling into the mistaken impression that a breed can be deemed dangerous. If I were to apply this to people, then it would be seen as racism. Dogs are not bad by breed, but there are dangerous owners which make for a dangerous dog, and there are also owners that love their dogs, but through misunderstanding of their dogs needs inadvertently create issues with their dogs. By law all dogs must be on a lead in public, and dogs known to be a danger should also be muzzled in public. I feel the whole situation has been sensationalised out of context, and whilst any injury or death from a dog is a tragedy that we should all endeavour to prevent, for every bite by a pit type dog, there are more than 10 million pit type dogs that don,'t . You are actually 60 times more likely to be killed by a coconut than a "type dog" ! I look forward to further legislation that puts the blame squarely on the owner, not the dog.. BTW, my first Staffie (now 9 ) is brilliant off lead, I could walk her anywhere and she would behave, BUT I keep her on a lead, not because she is dangerous ( unless you call getting licked dangerous), but in deference to other people out in public who may not be dog lovers, or even maybe nervous of them. I do this out of politeness for others, and so when I see some fool who refuses to put theirs on a lead it angers me too !
[quote][p][bold]K7****7[/bold] wrote: If a dog owner cannot either keep an aggresive dog on a lead or muzzle him/her then yes the law should be changed and stiffer penalties should be enforced for the owners (not the dogs who would rather have their dog put to death than keep it on a lead.[/p][/quote]Although i agree that a dangerous dog should be on a lead and muzzled in public ( as is required by law ) , i am left wondering whether you were referring to actual dangerous dogs ( on a case by case basis ) or if you were indeed falling into the mistaken impression that a breed can be deemed dangerous. If I were to apply this to people, then it would be seen as racism. Dogs are not bad by breed, but there are dangerous owners which make for a dangerous dog, and there are also owners that love their dogs, but through misunderstanding of their dogs needs inadvertently create issues with their dogs. By law all dogs must be on a lead in public, and dogs known to be a danger should also be muzzled in public. I feel the whole situation has been sensationalised out of context, and whilst any injury or death from a dog is a tragedy that we should all endeavour to prevent, for every bite by a pit type dog, there are more than 10 million pit type dogs that don,'t . You are actually 60 times more likely to be killed by a coconut than a "type dog" ! I look forward to further legislation that puts the blame squarely on the owner, not the dog.. BTW, my first Staffie (now 9 ) is brilliant off lead, I could walk her anywhere and she would behave, BUT I keep her on a lead, not because she is dangerous ( unless you call getting licked dangerous), but in deference to other people out in public who may not be dog lovers, or even maybe nervous of them. I do this out of politeness for others, and so when I see some fool who refuses to put theirs on a lead it angers me too ! Rob hammond
  • Score: 4

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