Rosie Cooper MP spoke in a Commons debate pushing for tougher laws to tackle incidents of dangerous dog attacks.
Rosie used the debate on Wednesday 15 May to highlight her concerns after recent incidents of attacks in West Lancashire. In the last two months one adult and one young child were victims of dog attacks in the street and in a private property respectively. In these cases no action was taken or could be taken by the dog warden or the police against the animals or their owner under existing laws. In the case of the young child who suffered nine facial scars the dog warden recommended the offending animal be destroyed. Sadly, the authorities have no powers to enforce such recommendations. It is understood the dog’s owners chose not to have the dog put down.
Following the debate, MP Rosie said:
“As the two cases in West Lancashire show, dog wardens and the police have their hands tied when it comes to taking action that will stop further attacks by the same dogs.
“We need tougher laws and for the relevant agencies to have the necessary powers to enable them to better protect people from these horrific attacks whether in someone’s home or on the street.
“I’ve been a dog owner in the past and know what great companions and loyal pets they can be. I also know that the vast majority of dog owners are responsible owners. However, we still need to ensure every step is taken to, as far as possible, prevent dog attacks, or at the very least know that the various agencies can take real and meaningful action when an attack happens.”