The Government’s commitment to dog control and responsible ownership, as announced in the Queen’s speech, has been welcomed by The Kennel Club and Dogs Trust.

The commitment to improve dangerous dog law announced in the Queen’s speech has been welcomed by The Kennel Club and Dogs Trust.

Caroline Kisko.Yesterday’s (May 8, 2013) speech outlined the Government’s commitment to encouraging responsible dog ownership and strengthening the law for tackling dogs that are dangerously out of control.

However, Caroline Kisko, secretary of The Kennel Club, is not convinced the proposed measures go far enough.

She said: “The introduction of measures such as penalties for keepers of dogs who allow them to harm lawful visitors to their home is a positive step in curbing irresponsible dog ownership and encouraging better control of dogs.

”At the same time, though, The Kennel Club does not wish to see such protection extended to anyone involved in unlawful activity. After meeting the Defra minister, Lord de Mauley and his team, we are reassured that the department has taken our comments on board and will address them accordingly.

“The original Dangerous Dogs Act was drafted as an urgent response to a perceived political and social crisis and is cited by many as one of the worst pieces of legislation, because it failed in its attempt to control dangerous dogs while also making the welfare of individual dogs worse. 

“The Kennel Club’s primary aim is to ensure any new legislation relating to dog control both strengthens and improves current provisions to better protect the public and improve the welfare of dogs.”

Dogs Trust also responded to the speech by releasing the following statement: “Dogs Trust welcomes the inclusion of dangerous dogs legislation in this session’s legislative programme.

“Although the charity is encouraged by a number of the proposals, which we believe to be long overdue, we do have concerns about certain measures being considered, particularly around certain elements concerning attacks to unlawful visitors on private property and lack of clarity about what preventive measures will be contained in the guidance of the Anti Social Behaviour Bill.  

“We will continue to lobby the Government and engage MPs on this issue until we finally have effective, preventive dangerous dogs legislation to successfully update the draconian Dangerous Dogs Act.”

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