The Kennel Club (KC) is to lead discussions on the need for better investigation into dog bite incidents.

Some breeds can be demonised for bites based on stereotypes, said the KC.

The meeting, at the KC headquarters on Clarges Street, London, will explore strategies to deal with dangerous dogs and includes experts from across the veterinary and medical professions, as well as the police, local authorities and Government representatives, academics, sociologists and animal welfare charities.

The KC believes preventive measures are needed to reduce the number of dog bite incidents, beginning with “proper investigation“. The KC also wants the dangerous dog law updated and consolidated, replacing it with measures based on evidence instead of laws “based on the stereotyping of certain breeds“.

KC secretary Caroline Kisko said: “The dangerous dog law as it stands is next to useless and has done nothing to reduce the number of dog biting incidents across the UK. Instead, it demonises certain breeds based on stereotypes and not scientific evidence.

“There are a range of factors that contribute to dog biting incidents and each incident is specific to its circumstances, and we need accurate data to build a more reliable picture of the incidence of dog bites and their causes,” she said.

The club will present these views at the meeting as a “first step” towards implementing a strategy to secure Government support for greater data collection and, subsequently, evidence-based education strategies.

“The KC, alongside other dog welfare organisations, is perfectly placed to offer guidance and expertise on the subject of dogs and we hope a new Government will be open to working with us, including on a new strategy for dangerous dogs.”

Experts invited to the meeting include:

  • animal behaviourist, vet and expert witness in dangerous dogs cases, Kendal Shepherd:
  • veterinary surgeon Danielle Greenberg; and
  • facial reconstruction surgeon Chris Mannion.

For more information, visit the KC’s website.

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