The publication of the draft Control of Dog (Wales) Bill and related consultation have been welcomed by the BVA and the Dogs Trust. If passed the bill will make a number of changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
The publication of the draft Control of Dog (Wales) Bill and related consultation have been welcomed by the BVA and the Dogs Trust.
Published on November 23, 2012 the draft bill has now gone out for consultation and if passed will make a number of changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
- Extending the scope of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to make it an offence for a dog to be dangerously out of control anywhere in Wales including private property;
- Amending the Dangerous Dogs Act to make it an offence for a dog to attack certain other animals;
- Making provision for local authorities to serve Dog Control Notices as a preventive measure and encouraging more responsible dog ownership through training.
As part of the consultation the BVA will be responding in detail.
President Peter Jones said: “Once again the Welsh Government is taking a lead on canine issues by seeking a more preventive approach to dog control.
“The announcement clearly recognises that a dog’s behaviour is primarily the result of the way it is reared, socialised and trained and not the way it looks, and that irresponsible ownership needs to be tackled in a constructive manner before it becomes a problem.
“Many of the elements included in the draft bill are changes that BVA has long campaigned for alongside dog welfare organisations, the police and others.
Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, also welcomed the launch of the consultation.
Dogs Trust CEO Clarissa Baldwin said: “Dogs Trust very much welcomes the steps the Welsh Government is taking to introduce new legislation which better protects the public and improves animal welfare in Wales. Preventing dog attacks in the first place is the key to ensuring better public safety and new measures are needed that would place more responsibility on the owners of aggressive dogs.”