Safer Dog Handling Regulations
I am the Father of the little six year old girl that was so brutally attacked by a dog in a public park in Chingford East London, on Saturday 21st January 2012.My little girl suffered horrific physical injuries including having her ear partially ripped off. She was covered in bites, as was my wife who was trying to protect her. The dog was not on a lead and was without a muzzle. I dread to think the damage it would have done if I had been alone with my two children aged six and three.The attack is something that will haunt all of us forever. We want the law to change to stop this ever happening again, not only to us but to other families. We are sending a petition to the Government to try and push some of the proposed changes through and change the law to make open spaces safer for everyone. Dog owners included.We would like to see.
1.All dogs on a lead in public places at all time.(including public parks and spaces,particularly those with children's play areas.)
2.To include Staffordshire Bull Terriers and all other 'muscle'type dogs as dangerous breeds subject to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.The dangerous dog breeds to be reconsidered to include Staffordshire Terriers and all these breeds to be muzzles at all times in public places.
3.The re-introduction of the dog license and compulsory dog chipping.
4.Dog free parks where children can feel free to run around without fear of being harassed by any dog.
We want all dog owners to keep their dog on a lead, and in a muzzle if necessary, with the regularity that you put on a seat belt or don't talk on your phone while driving. The smoking ban is a classic example of the change for the better on a grand scale that has worked, and that was universally accepted on both sides of the debate. Thank you for your time and support.