Dangerous Dog related safety for the public and environmentWatch this post
I am currently raising awareness of dog attacks and what laws need to be in place.I have kept dogs all my life and experience of German Shepherds down to tiny Yorkshire Terriers. All were highly trained and under good management. Safety in the home was paramount for the family and visitors.Since the influx of dangerous breeds there has been a huge rise in dog attacks and deaths of those both in the home and out in the community.My research of how best to control dogs better in focus groups and street questionnaires. I have now out completed a potential''green paper'' for Government legislation and would like to put this before all Silversurfers of the forum for feed back and suggestions.
(1) Listing 10 most dangerous breeds such as Akitas/GSD/Husky/Pitbulls/Staffordshire BT and the rest that need proper training and restrictions.
(2)Dog Licences that should cost £15.00 for dangerous and large dogs regardless of breeds and to include 'Hybrids' and large Mongrels where one breed can be defined
(3)Ear tags as in cattle that identify dangerous breeds or 'in ear marking by Vets
(4) Every dog micro chipped number added to the yearly Electoral List and including dog licence ref number
(5) Muzzle straps to be used on all dangerous dogs and those that pose danger to the public at all times.A standing fine to be issued for none-conforming.owners.of £60 and a written warning by the Council Offices responsible for safety of environment
(6)PCSO's in the community to check up on owners as they have little else in their roles which would build confidence of the public to be protected owing to bad owners.
(7)A certificate of basic training CBT through Rescue Centres who are skilled at training.The fee could range from £10 to £20 depending on large and medium dogs of the dangerous breeds and the rescue centres can benefit from the fees. Minimum training over a 8 to 10 week period or longer if the owner is struggling.Example of this was demonstrated by me in 1988.I attended a 12 week course of training my GSD where I had to travel on the bus-turn up in the rain/snow/hail and the rest.Complete obstacle course and close ear to ear commands.To complete the training period a certificate with a Rosette would encourage more people to take part and confidence to carry on with their training and a sense of pride of their dogs
(8) More Council Officers as Dog Wardens with a proper run centres and emergency numbers available for dogs on the loose and attacks by dogs.It should not just be the responsibllity of the RSPCA who have neither the funds nor enough Officers to work 24 hours to protect the public.We should see more ASPCA centres that are able to act immediately as in America.
(9)Those that behave irresponsible and their dogs that have attacked a member of the public should face serious fines and barred from keeping a dog for at least 5yrs and the dog to be confiscated.Sadly some of these dogs can not be re-homed and sadly we have to be prepared that it may be necessary for the dog to be put to sleep
(10)Lottery funding to be diverted in to more Rescue centres to be built and funded.We as the public have the right to be protected and dogs that attack need to be removed for the safety of others.
This is not a exhaustible list and amendments should be added through statistical information I welcome all thoughts and further suggestions for and against these suggestions
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