Loughborough MP is urging residents to have their say on dangerous dogs

Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan is urging residents to take part in a consultation on a change in the law on dangerous dogs. The survey is on proposals to amend the maximum sentence for those convicted under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

This follows a spate of incidents in the local area and also in the news, where irresponsible dog ownership resulted in people being injured and other dogs being seriously harmed or even killed.

The public survey is seeking views on whether the Government should amend the maximum sentence for an aggravated offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, where someone allows a dog to be dangerously out of control and the dog injures or kills a person or an assistance dog.

Nicky commented:

“Many constituents have contacted me about the issue of dangerous dogs, and it is clear from recent news stories that dog attacks are a major problem.

“That is why I took part in a campaign recently to promote responsible dog ownership in Loughborough, which had the backing of the RSCPCA, local Police, Guide Dogs and local dog owners.

“I would therefore call on residents to take make their feelings known on this important issue, and to take part in this consultation before it ends at the start of September.”

The consultation is available online until 1st September 2013 and can be found at:https://consult.defra.gov.uk/animal-health-and-welfare/dda_dog-attacks_sentences_survey/