I have recently read an article in one of our woman’s magazines about a dog attack on a child. The dog belonged to her father and he had only had it a couple of days after getting it from an unnamed rescue centre. The little girl had just bent down to stroke the dog as her father was asleep on the couch and he awoke to find the dog on top of his daughter with his jaws locked on her face. The child suffered horrific injuries and will require further reconstructive surgeries as she is get older. I have every sympathy for this family and it was a terrible tragedy but what has got me riled was the small postscript note after the article which stated
‘ After a spate of attacks by ‘ this breed’ on children, adults and other dogs, there have been calls to ban the breed in the UK’
So are we going the way of certain states in the USA and bringing in BSL where upon well behaved, well cared for and loved family pets will be taken from their loving homes and destroyed . I do hope not I feel that this would be the wrong move for our country. We already have the dangerous dogs act but any dog can be dangerous from the petite Yorkshire Terrier to the soppy looking Old English Sheepdog. We no longer have dog licences and we do not have mandatory micro chipping which may help, I don’t know as I am no expert but I don’t feel that banning certain breeds is the answer.
In this particular case I feel that perhaps the dog in question was not adequately assessed before rehoming or maybe as this was a divorced family that perhaps they did not know it would be around children. As we all know rescue centres worldwide are inundated and overflowing so something needs to be done to help stop tragedies like this happening and to stop the suffering of ill treated and abused animals. I wish I knew the answer but in my heart I feel that Breed Specific Legislation/ Breed Specific Banning is not the answer.
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