Monday, 28 May 2012

Public consultation over the Dangerous Dogs Act

After years of campaigning by organisations such as Dogs Trust, the Government has launched a consultation over it's intended plans to tackle irresponsible dog ownership seeking our views on the issue.

The Government are proposing the following:
  • To extend section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act to allow owners to be prosecuted for allowing their dogs to be dangerously out of control in any place, including private property.
  • Allow dogs mentioned in section 1(deemed to be of a banned breed) to be granted "bail" meaning that following seizure by the police, if the dog was not deemed to be a threat to public safety and the owner was deemed responsible, the dog could be returned to the owner rather than going into police kennelling prior to any court date.
  • To increase the fee for a section 1 dog to be placed on the Index of Exempted Dogs.
  • To consult on plans to make micro-chipping compulsory for puppies.
 - Source, Dogs Trust.  If you want to read the full consultation documents you can do so here.

You have until the consultation closes on 15th June to give your views and you can do so by  quickly filling in this survey or by e-mailing Defra directly at:

To help you fill in the survey have a look at the answers given by Dogs Trust which reflect that they don't think the Governments proposals go far enough.  Use this as a guide but remember to try and put it as much in your own words as possible.

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  1. Hey, I've only just found your blog but I am a big fan already. I think the whole concept of dangerous dogs is rather vague and each case should be consulted separately. Thanks for highlighting this issue! xxx

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to post a comment Natasha and thank you for reading, I am glad you are enjoying the blog :)




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