The Dog Control Bill, championed by the Dangerous Dogs Act Study Group and Lord Rupert Redesdale as an alternative to current dangerous dog legislation, has passed its Report Stage in the House of Lords.
The Dog Control Bill, championed by Lord Rupert Redesdale and the Dangerous Dogs Act Study Group (DDASG), has passed its Report Stage in the House of Lords.
The proposed bill will replace existing dangerous dog legislation, including the repeal of breed specific legislation and the introduction of Dog Control Notices.
Put together by the DDASG, the bill is currently continuing its path through the legislative system after being tabled by Lord Redesdale as a Private Members Bill in 2010.
Using a system of Dog Control Notices, steps would be taken to address unwanted behaviour at an early stage in all dogs. The Dog Control Bill also allows any dangerous dog issues to be targeted and addressed at an earlier stage, concentrating on owners rather than specific breeds or waiting until a serious incident has occurred.
The bill’s final stage in the House of Lords (the Third Reading) will take place after summer recess before moving to the House of Commons for further consideration.
- A petition in support of the principles of the Dog Control Bill was formed and has now received over 10,000 signatures. The petition can be found at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/repeal-and-replace-the-dangerous-dogs-act.html
- For more information on the DDASG, Lord Redesdale’s Dog Control Bill and current legislation, please visit http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/dangerousdogs