Section 1 and Section 2 of the dangerous dogs act are breed specific and haven't lead to a reduction in dog attacks. Four breeds are currently banned under section 1 and the metroploiten police have spent £10million in 3 years solely implementing it and want a further £10.6million for the next 4 years. it is ludicrous to be spending that much money on failed legislation in the middle of a recession! people shouldn't be criminalised due to the look of their dog.
setion 2 allows restrictions/bans to be placed on any breed at any time, currently there are no breeds effected by this, however as a responsible dog owner it makes me feel uncomfortable that the goverment has that the power to restrict or kill my dog for someone else's crime and i know that i am not the onely one to feel this way, not to mention that increased cost of enforcement if more breeds were subject to breed specific legislation.
Section 1 and Section 2 of the dangerous dogs act should be repealed so that the law focuses on actaul dangerous dogs. The money spend on enforcing breed specific legislation should be used to target irresponible/criminal owners and breeders.
Why is this idea important?
Thousands of innocient dogs have been killed just because they looked like a banned breed. their owners have been left devestated and criminalised, some have even had prison sentances! Many legal breeds and cross breeds can result in an illegal ‘type’ so you could buy/adopted a legal cross bred puppy and end up with an illegal dog and regardless of how responsible you are, how law abiding you are and how freindly your dog is, your dog could be siezed and even destroyed, and you could be sent to prison for up to 6 months and/or get a fine up to £6000 and even a ban on owning dogs.
i feel sorry for those that have been mauled or killed by dog attack, but this is WRONG! poor breeding and irresponsible/criminal owners create dangerous dogs not appearence! The Dangerous Dogs act should focus on bad breeders and irresponsible owners.