A big increase in the number of violent dog-on-dog attacks, particularly in urban areas, has been noticed by pet charities.
They say responsible dog owners are being forced to walk their pets at night because of the fear of other dogs attacking them during the day.
These violent dogs don’t attack after dark?
Although no figures have been collated,
Two people reported their dogs had been bitten, but we forgot to write down either of their names.
Dogs Trust veterinary director Chris Laurence said: “We are getting more and more reports of dogs that are perfectly innocently walking through a park being set upon by an aggressive dog.
Only in the day time though?
Lord Redesdale, who is putting forward a bill in parlaiment, explained if a notice order was placed on a dog, it would be micro-chipped. He said this would mean an owner could be linked with the dog, which would make them more responsible.
Tell that to Dave Moorhouse.
“That would mean that the owner would be much more careful about the behaviour of the dog because they couldn’t get away with saying it’s not my dog, it’s somebody else’s dog, I’m just walking it for a friend,” he said.
Aren’t you assuming they gave their correct name when the order was made to micro-chip the dog? Are we to have dog wardens again, equipped with micro-chip readers?
“The court can then impose a notice order saying, in a graduated way, saying that the dog has to be on a lead, the dog has to be muzzled, whatever, the owner has to go to training. If they break that condition then of course the penalties become more serious.”
Enforcing all your suggestions suggest an ASBO on the owner, which is available already.
But dog trainer and behaviourist Robert Alleyne said legislation alone would not prevent attacks. He said dog owners needed to be trained to understand their pets so they, in turn, would listen to their owners.
Owner obedience classes by any chance, to be run by, let me guess, Robert Alleyne?
Legislation dubbed “dog Asbos”, similar to that proposed for England and Wales, is already in place in Scotland. In Northern Ireland it will soon be an offence to allow a dog to attack and injure another person’s dog.
Shortly after that, it will be an offence for a dog to pee on a lamp post outside the designated ‘P’ zone, and then it will be an offence for a dog to drop a half eaten stick, then it will be an offence for a dog to shag a bitch in public, although special areas will be set aside for same sex couplings, until finally you arrive at the point whereby Puppies must attend an approved Puppy nursery and have their lunch boxes inspected for any sign of a doggy treat other than the approved half organic carrot – there’s a whole new world opening up for you here Robert, you must be barking with excitement.